Cake Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 29, 2015
The film doesn't quite prevent sentiment seeping in before the end, but Aniston's deadpan comic timing as she delivers Claire's bitter put-downs and complaints is brilliant: the deliciously sour cherry on the cake.
February 20, 2015
Cake has much to say about grief, and on the whole says it with intelligence and insight.
February 20, 2015
I was in pain during this indie drama, which may explain why I enjoyed it.
February 20, 2015
With Aniston on this form it's almost good enough to banish memories of The Bounty Hunter, Wanderlust and even Just Go With It.
February 20, 2015
Aniston shows quite brilliantly the effect of the constant pain on both her character's body and her mind.
February 20, 2015
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 19, 2015
Jennifer Aniston lifts an addiction drama with a committed but never showy performance. It's a pity the rest of the film can't cut as deep.
February 19, 2015
Jennifer Aniston delivers an Oscar-calibre performance in this rather over-worked drama...
February 6, 2015
Grim but interesting drama has prescription drug abuse.
February 2, 2015
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.
January 30, 2015
...a starkly unsentimental portrait of a damaged woman weighing the pain of living in the world against the unknowable alternative.
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