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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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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…

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…

The slack and purposeless direction leaves the entire cast emoting in a void.

Feb 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Jennifer Aniston burrows into Claire's walking-wounded gait and eclipsed mood.

Jan 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4

Cake could have used more layers.

Jan 23, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…

"A thoughtful and frequently moving drama that insightfully illuminates what it's like to live with illness and agony."

Jan 23, 2015 | Rating: 70/100 | Full Review…
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Wonderful and sympathetic acting from Jennifer Anniston, but despite potential, this movie fizzles half way through and is a bit of a bore.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

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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

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Spencer S.

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