Cake Reviews

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July 18, 2019
It's refreshing to see the talented actress working outside the studio system in a performance that stands out as one of her best to date. Unfortunately, the rest of the film feels like one big, bland pity-party.
May 16, 2019
Cake is an emotionally moving film carried by Aniston's sharp performance; however its shallow treatment of relationships means it fails to be more than the sum of its parts.
May 10, 2019
Cake is mostly a melancholy, tragically stunning film, with a groundbreaking performance by Aniston and enough biting humor and heart to create the perfect balance it needs to make a lasting impression.
April 18, 2019
Aniston's performance is the essential ingredient that makes the film worth watching even as other elements prove half-baked.
April 4, 2019
Barnz's Cake could have been an intriguing look into the world of chronic pain and depression, but trying to be a jack-of-all-trades ruined the film and left it a master of none.
March 19, 2019
The reason the process isn't compelling is because it's a bridge to nowhere; Cake is monotonous, rudderless, and doesn't make any real statements about depression, suicide, or the act of grieving.
August 21, 2018
Cake is well a little plain without icing and this film lacked the icing.
February 15, 2018
Aniston isn't brilliant because she managed not to wear make-up or not to wash her hair. She is brilliant because with every inch of her body she conveys pain. She's creepy, rigid, a plotline -- as a recovering invalid -- in her own right.
November 20, 2017
Aniston can't find within herself sufficient emotional colours to shade our response to one of life's victims who may have in some way contributed to her cavalcade of ills.
October 17, 2017
Aniston gives a good performance, but she's photographed like a star from Old Hollywood, where glamour always trumped character.
August 18, 2017
Submerged in her character's physical limitations and mental anguish, Aniston gets it right whether grimacing in pain or recoiling in anger and if Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank or Julia Roberts had played the part, I know they'd be up for an Oscar.
August 3, 2017
Cake is a particular disappointment, though the blame cannot entirely be assigned to Jennifer Aniston.
April 26, 2017
Aniston's Claire takes a claustrophobic emotional journey that's at once too neat and too cute.
February 15, 2017
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.
June 11, 2016
Think 'Nurse Jackie' reincarnated as a lawyer. The blatant Oscar-bid timing reduces the effectiveness of Aniston's performance rather a lot. It manufactures high expectations.
May 12, 2016
Despite a formidable and kaleidoscopic performance, there is a sense that the themes of human frailty and the will to heal that inform the film's narrative are beyond Aniston's abilities as a serious dramatic actress.
December 31, 2015
In Cake, [Aniston]'s stiff, suffering, and suicidal, your mostly unwelcoming hostess for an extended pity party of personal tragedy.
December 22, 2015
Writer Patrick Tobin and director Daniel Barnz have a made a movie that, despite the clichd template, manages to hold your interest. The main reason for that are the fine performances, mainly by Aniston who pilots this thing.
December 18, 2015
Aniston isn't the only one doing good work... It's a shame the script lets them down in the end, too.
August 11, 2015
Cake usefully reminds us that Jennifer Aniston can actually act. I wish she'd do it more often and in better movies than this one.
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