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The Cake Eaters Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 6, 2010
[W]hat seems at first like a lean, spare psychic space in which much is left unspoken swells to burn white-hot.
Jason McKiernan
Filmcritic.com
April 17, 2009
formulaic tripe, catharsis-by-the-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 9, 2009
The Cake Eaters mistakes characters and story quirks for character and story development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stan Hall
Oregonian
March 27, 2009
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.
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Erin Meister
Boston Globe
March 27, 2009
There are only so many story threads an ensemble cast can hold.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 23, 2009
Stand out performances, interesting character dynamic but overall, kind of a flat film that really doesn't have you too emotionally invested.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 23, 2009
I think there is a future in directing for Mary Stewart Masterson.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 18, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
March 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
March 16, 2009
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.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 13, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
March 13, 2009
Kristen Stewart is lovely, as is Masterson's beautifully crafted first film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 13, 2009
Superior acting elevates a small, overcrowded ensemble piece set in rural upstate New York into something a little deeper.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 12, 2009
The Cake Eaters is a bland ensemble drama with an unremarkable script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
March 12, 2009
A small movie in every way, but solidly crafted and respectably acted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 12, 2009
Masterson, like many actors, is an assured director even in her debut; working with her brother Pete as cinematographer, she creates a spell and a tenderness and pushes exactly as far as this story should go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
March 11, 2009
The Cake Eaters is a small but rewarding slice of realism that is a nice antidote to the surfeit of slasher movies that have been polluting the ozone lately.
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
March 10, 2009
As we fade out with Easy and sons bonding over steak and beers, our cockles are warmed -- the movie forgotten.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
March 10, 2009
Masterson draws beautifully modulated performances from her strong ensemble cast ... It balances sweetness and sadness without ever leaning too heavily on either quality.
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