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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May 30, 2015
Cake is a so-so Lifetime special and a pretty lousy film.
February 22, 2015
You hope for the tang of lemon drizzle; what you ultimately get is Madeira, with the proverbial soggy bottom.
February 20, 2015
Essentially a saccharine confection of clichs, full of bits that are hard to swallow.
February 19, 2015
The cast is strong, the characters are intriguing but the more you learn, the more the film loses its grip on your emotions.
February 19, 2015
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
A brilliant Jennifer Aniston lead performance isn't enough to save this doughy, maudlin piece of misery porn.
February 17, 2015
Aniston plays her part with no frills, but she can't help but be dragged down by the surrounding artifice. For one thing, no-one in the real world could possibly have so many grey cardigans.
February 16, 2015
The drugs don't work - but thankfully Aniston does - in this slight but sly portrait of pain-meds hell, which wallows in self-pity when it should be grabbing our sympathy.
February 16, 2015
The central character and performance are intriguing but not enough to sustain a film that feels more and more like a TV-movie matinee.
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