The Cake Eaters Reviews

November 18, 2011
July 6, 2010
[W]hat seems at first like a lean, spare psychic space in which much is left unspoken swells to burn white-hot.
April 10, 2009
In her first feature film, Masterson creates a slice of life that is very believable (especially if you've ever seen The Jerry Springer Show), and often endearing.
March 23, 2009
I think there is a future in directing for Mary Stewart Masterson.
March 18, 2009
These are people whose company you enjoy, in good times and bad. Taking place over a short period of time, it's a small slice of life, yes. But as the title implies, it's a tasty one as well.
March 16, 2009
As directing debuts from actors and actresses go, Masterson's falls somewhere on the upper-end of the middle, a better-than-respectable effort given the difficulty of the material and the constraints of the budget.
March 16, 2009
Pleasant, low-key drama about two small-town families with secrets. Though familiar in many respects, Mary Stuart Masterson's feature directorial debut has a quiet charm.
March 13, 2009
With so much junk cluttering movie houses, it is a shame that it took two years for this sweet, intelligent drama to get a release before heading for DVD. But such is the sad state of the movie business.
March 13, 2009
Kristen Stewart is lovely, as is Masterson's beautifully crafted first film.
March 13, 2009
Superior acting elevates a small, overcrowded ensemble piece set in rural upstate New York into something a little deeper.
March 12, 2009
A small movie in every way, but solidly crafted and respectably acted.
March 12, 2009
Masterson, like many actors, is an assured director even in her debut; working with her brother Pete as cinematographer, she creates a spell and a tenderness and pushes exactly as far as this story should go.
Top Critic
March 11, 2009
The Cake Eaters is a small but rewarding slice of realism that is a nice antidote to the surfeit of slasher movies that have been polluting the ozone lately.
March 10, 2009
Masterson draws beautifully modulated performances from her strong ensemble cast ... It balances sweetness and sadness without ever leaning too heavily on either quality.
March 9, 2009
Disease of the week suds are subverted in Kristen Stewart's oddly empowering disability sex romp. And though Cake is half baked at times, these impulsive humans going for the metaphorical dessert in life while skipping real sustenance, has a goofy appeal.
March 6, 2009
An old-fashioned minor key drama, "The Cake Eaters" is the exact type of film that is the cornerstone of modern American Independent cinema.