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The Cake Eaters (2007)

The Cake Eaters

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 16
Rotten: 9

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 5

Critics 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 12,512

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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 … More

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
Runtime:
7-57 Releasing


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Critic Reviews for The Cake Eaters

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (9) | DVD (3)

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

formulaic tripe, catharsis-by-the-numbers.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Filmcritic.com

The Cake Eaters mistakes characters and story quirks for character and story development.

Full Review… | April 9, 2009
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The story is so wispy that it feels only half-written; basically, nothing much happens here. Not a total washout, but it seems more like a TV movie.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Oregonian

As directing debuts from actors and actresses go, Masterson's falls somewhere on the upper-end of the middle, a better-than-respectable effort given the difficulty of the material and the constraints of the budget.

Full Review… | March 16, 2009
Boxoffice Magazine

Pleasant, low-key drama about two small-town families with secrets. Though familiar in many respects, Mary Stuart Masterson's feature directorial debut has a quiet charm.

Full Review… | March 16, 2009
Film Journal International

Kristen Stewart is lovely, as is Masterson's beautifully crafted first film.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
About.com

A small movie in every way, but solidly crafted and respectably acted.

Full Review… | March 12, 2009
Metromix.com

Masterson draws beautifully modulated performances from her strong ensemble cast ... It balances sweetness and sadness without ever leaning too heavily on either quality.

Full Review… | March 10, 2009
Hollywood & Fine

Audience Reviews for The Cake Eaters

½

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.

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Super Reviewer

½

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.

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imrealgod
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Very strong performances and beautiful silent moments. I hear Kristen Stewart received accolades for her portrayal, and while she's good, she's not great. She has the physicality down - the limping, the lisping - but she doesn't change her gaze or her voice timbre. She still plays with her hair, albeit with a crippled hand. The movie's main problem is its scant development as to why Georgia is so desperate for sex. Is it merely because she doesn't have much time to wait? Does she truly not care if Beagle doesn't like her? Does it make a difference that he does? When does she realize she likes him too?

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aliceinpunderland
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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