Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for Cake
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.
The slack and purposeless direction leaves the entire cast emoting in a void.
Jennifer Aniston burrows into Claire's walking-wounded gait and eclipsed mood.
"A thoughtful and frequently moving drama that insightfully illuminates what it's like to live with illness and agony."
Audience Reviews for Cake
Wonderful and sympathetic acting from Jennifer Anniston, but despite potential, this movie fizzles half way through and is a bit of a bore.
A true showcase for Aniston's incredible - yet rarely seen - talent for dramatic roles, given how she brings so much weight to a safe drama that never takes risks and prefers the easy way with clichés, dreams and silly hallucinations that would befit more a movie made for TV.
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.
|Claire:||Did she leave a note?|
|Roy:||No...I did the exercise in a suicide support group where your partner pretends to be the one who died. Would you like to know what I said to my beautiful wife?|
|Roy:||Thank you for ruining my life. Thank you for ruining Casey's life. Thank you for leaving me in this fuckin' mess. I hate you so much I can barely breath. I hope you burn in hell... 'cause that's where you left me and Casey.|
|Silvana:||Did you take your medicine today?|
|Claire:||Would we be driving to Tijuana if I took my fucking medicine today?|