The Cake Eaters (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cake Eaters (2007)

The Cake Eaters (2007)

The Cake Eaters



Critic Consensus: Though light on theme and craftsmanship, The Cake Eaters relies on fine performances and brisk direction to provide an affecting tale of small-town life.

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Actress Mary Stuart Masterson makes her feature directorial debut with this drama detailing the manner in which three generations of men deal with the death of the family matriarch. Evicted from his New York City apartment, starving musician Guy Kimbrough (Jayce Bartok) makes his way back upstate for the first time in three years. Upon returning to his hometown, Guy does his best to deal with the recent death of his mother while desperately attempting to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend Stephanie (Miriam Shor) -- who has since moved on and found happiness with another man. Meanwhile, as Guy does his best to win Stephanie back, his shy brother, Beagle (Aaron Stanford), falls deeply in love with Friedreich's Ataxia-stricken high school student Georgia, and their father, Easy (Bruce Dern), attempts to rekindle his relationship with Georgia's grandmother Marg (Elizabeth Ashley). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for some language and sexual material involving a teen)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jayce Bartok
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 2009
7-57 Releasing


Jayce Bartok
as Guy Kimbrough
Miriam Shor
as Stephanie
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Critic Reviews for The Cake Eaters

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (13)

In her first feature film, Masterson creates a slice of life that is very believable (especially if you've ever seen The Jerry Springer Show), and often endearing.

Full Review… | April 10, 2009
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

There are only so many story threads an ensemble cast can hold.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Stand out performances, interesting character dynamic but overall, kind of a flat film that really doesn't have you too emotionally invested.

Full Review… | March 23, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

I think there is a future in directing for Mary Stewart Masterson.

Full Review… | March 23, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

These are people whose company you enjoy, in good times and bad. Taking place over a short period of time, it's a small slice of life, yes. But as the title implies, it's a tasty one as well.

Full Review… | March 18, 2009
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

With so much junk cluttering movie houses, it is a shame that it took two years for this sweet, intelligent drama to get a release before heading for DVD. But such is the sad state of the movie business.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Cake Eaters


I think Kristen Stewart played her role great.. never seen her do this kind of acting before and I thought she did a great job.


Super Reviewer


The Cake Eaters: Yet another flick that showcases that Stewart is barely half as blessed in acting (Yeah, she sucks here too. Just because she gets to play an unusual role doesn't mean she does great.) as she's in looks. And yet another flick that showcases that hope comes by letting go, and sometimes the first thing you gotta let go is hope itself. Hell's bells, whatever that means. Coming back to the movie, it's a mediocre family drama which offers nothing of the sort that you need to go out of your way to watch it. In short, it's an avoidable emotional fare.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Dull drama. Kristen Stewart has almost no screen presence and since hers is the main story there is not much to hold the viewer's interest. The only actors really registering at all are old pros Dern and Ashley.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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