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The Cake Eaters

The Cake Eaters (2007)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 5

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


Art House & International, Drama

Jayce Bartok

Mar 24, 2009

7-57 Releasing

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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.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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There are only so many story threads an ensemble cast can hold.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Stand out performances, interesting character dynamic but overall, kind of a flat film that really doesn't have you too emotionally invested.

March 23, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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I think there is a future in directing for Mary Stewart Masterson.

March 23, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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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.

March 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
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formulaic tripe, catharsis-by-the-numbers.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: 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.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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.

March 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

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

March 12, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

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.
October 15, 2012

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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.
July 4, 2011

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.
April 2, 2011
jay nixon

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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?
January 7, 2010

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