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197 Ratings

Her Smell

Directed by Alex Ross Perry
United States, 2018
Drama, Music


Becky Something, a maniacally destructive punk rock star who pushes her relationships with bandmates, family and followers to the limit as she wages a years long war against sobriety while attempting to re-engage the creativity that had once led her band to massive crossover success.

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Her Smell Directed by Alex Ross Perry
Becky wins her battle with herself, but when it was over I felt bruised and tired, as if she’d been pummeling me, too. Like Roberto Durán fighting Sugar Ray Leonard, she had me holding up my hands and muttering, “No Moss.”
August 06, 2019
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The narrative dexterity elevates the impact of Her Smell even further. Working once again with longtime cinematographer Sean Price Williams, Perry transitions from the drugged out lunacy of its first parts into a quiet Bergman-style chamber piece.
April 24, 2019
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His latest, Her Smell, seems to culminate Perry’s ambitions in terms of drama, character portraiture, and style. In my estimation, it’s one of his best films, and his most elastic and accomplished work as a director.
April 22, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Her Smell

    Alex Ross Perry's most technically accomplished and alienating film to date. Elizabeth Moss plays such an ego monster, I felt a palpable sense of relief whenever she wasn't onscreen—which, along with the burbling noise soundtrack, effectively puts you in the headspace of the other characters in the film. "Her Smell" also serves as a bittersweet homage to the last time guitar-based music had an impact on the culture.

  • Jorge Mourinha's rating of the film Her Smell

    She’s lost control: a mental meltdown as seen from the inside in real time, shamanically inhabited by a career best Moss and shot with virtuoso energy. A car crash you don’t want to look away from.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Her Smell

    Why would anybody want to watch such self-destruction? You could apply that question to the audience, not just the characters, and the answer is Moss. She's frighteningly effective at seeming like a genuine waste case, not just an actress playing one. Perry doesn't have Cassavettes' skill at mining insight into people—this never opens the context like A Women Under the Influence. But the formal (sonic) arc is strong.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Her Smell

    During the first half of the film, Becky Something is in full destruction mode: the mix of confusion, anger and alienation reminded me of Gena Rowlands in "A Woman Under the Influence". Then comes redemption and a completely new side to the character, not less devastating than the one we already knew. Elisabeth Moss is astonishing as ever, and Agyness Deyn was a wonderful surprise. Rock on, Alex Ross Perry!

  • Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film Her Smell

    Moss made me think of Courtney Love at times here. However, the performance is a great one (the best of the year perhaps) because it is it's own beast-scary, pathetic, at times annoying even but most of all, human even when the film goes on too long towards the end.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film Her Smell

    Elisabeth Moss as riot grrrrl punk bitch who devastates every single thing around her like a black hole. "Her Smell" is an ignonimiously rambanctious, delightfully schitzy tale about sacrilegious ego hypertrophizing to the infinitude. Dir. Perry dissects this psycholgy vehemently and adroitly, but still I'm surprised that there is deep kindness and warm bond between women. Perry's tumulturous epitome yet new frontier

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film Her Smell

    Vox Lux is to Brady Corbet what Her Smell is to Alex Ross Perry: in both cases, the ambition to portrait the plight of major/minor rockstar leads nowhere. There you have a mass shooting survivor turned into Lady Gaga. Here, the queen of earth returns as an imploding Courtney Love. In both cases, the pulsating and hysterical first half is compromised by the sheer corniness of their respective third act.

  • VincentVendetta's rating of the film Her Smell

    It's a relentless, claustrophobic, schizophrenic bad trip - a faithful rendition of what being around Courtney Love feels like. One doesn't quite know what to make of it; it is never sadistic or cynical, more nerve-wracking than truly despicable, and there have never more beautiful women with acne and bad hairdoos. But when it becomes Gus Van Sant's Last Days for 20 minutes, it just sweeps everything else aside.

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