Cake

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Cake finds Jennifer Aniston making the most of an overdue opportunity to test her dramatic chops, but it lacks sufficient depth or warmth to recommend for all but her most ardent fans.

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The acerbic, hilarious Claire Simmons becomes fascinated by the suicide of a woman in her chronic pain support group.

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Critic Reviews for Cake

All Critics (126) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (65)

  • I was in pain during this indie drama, which may explain why I enjoyed it.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Aniston shows quite brilliantly the effect of the constant pain on both her character's body and her mind.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • If I were Jennifer Aniston, I would be fuming. And I would be wondering what exactly I had to do to get an Oscar nomination for best actress.

    Feb 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • As for Aniston, she gives an honest, well-intentioned performance, but it is marooned in an unsatisfying script whose emotional effects are unearned.

    Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A brilliant Jennifer Aniston lead performance isn't enough to save this doughy, maudlin piece of misery porn.

    Feb 19, 2015 | Rating: 2/5
  • Whether or not Aniston ever gets another role like this one, I have a hard time imagining anyone else in it -- and that's the sign of a genuine actor.

    Feb 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 21, 2016
    Wonderful and sympathetic acting from Jennifer Anniston, but despite potential, this movie fizzles half way through and is a bit of a bore.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2016
    Jennifer Aniston is great here as always, but this film isn't particularly good. It has its moments though.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2015
    A victim of chronic back pain tries to connect with the widower of a suicide. All the lauds about Jennifer Aniston's performance are well-deserved. She plays both the condition - her character's chronic pain - and the objective of the scene with almost expert technique. She's constantly in character, though the character mutes Aniston's personal comic charm. The film, however, is a slogging monotony, a structureless, flimsy, rough-shod thing with characters suddenly popping with no narrative motivation and a story that sags and lags like an atrophied nursing home resident. Overall, I could only wish that the Aniston's talents had been put to better use.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2015
    Starting out, I think it prudent to say I think Jennifer Aniston is the epitome of strength, driven acting, and pure beauty. No one would argue that Aniston gives a career turning performance in this film, about a woman burdened with grief, and addicted to painkillers after a terrible accident. The general narrative of the cloistered, rich lady addicted to pills is subverted through a heartbreaking story of companionship in mourning. Read more at http://www.bluefairyblog.com/reviews/cake
    Spencer S Super Reviewer

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