Cake

2014, Comedy/Drama, 1h 42m

130 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman (Jennifer Aniston) who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower (Sam Worthington) of the suicide.

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All Critics (130) | Top Critics (52) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (67)

  • It will be a pity if viewers are too put off by the subject to see Aniston's bravura turn, a tour de force that also tells us something about what we can and can't accept in women's performances, our threshold for unlikability and unprettiness.

    February 15, 2017 | Full Review…
  • You hope for the tang of lemon drizzle; what you ultimately get is Madeira, with the proverbial soggy bottom.

    February 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I was in pain during this indie drama, which may explain why I enjoyed it.

    February 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.

    February 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.

    February 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As for Aniston, she gives an honest, well-intentioned performance, but it is marooned in an unsatisfying script whose emotional effects are unearned.

    February 19, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It will be a pity if viewers are too put off by the subject to see Aniston's bravura turn, a tour de force that also tells us something about what we can and can't accept in women's performances, our threshold for unlikability and unprettiness.

    February 15, 2017 | Full Review…
  • You hope for the tang of lemon drizzle; what you ultimately get is Madeira, with the proverbial soggy bottom.

    February 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • I was in pain during this indie drama, which may explain why I enjoyed it.

    February 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.

    February 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Driven by Aniston's well-judged balance of intensity and restraint, it's an affecting film.

    May 27, 2021 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A great showcase for the new, dramatic Aniston but it isn't a great film. In it's final moments the movie grasps for a feel good ending which is just slightly out of reach.

    February 2, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | 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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