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Cake (2015)



Critic Consensus: 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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Chris Messina
as Jason Bennett
Lucy Punch
as Nurse Gayle
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Critic Reviews for Cake

All Critics (132) | Top Critics (52)

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.

February 15, 2017 | Full Review…

You hope for the tang of lemon drizzle; what you ultimately get is Madeira, with the proverbial soggy bottom.

February 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I was in pain during this indie drama, which may explain why I enjoyed it.

February 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Aniston shows quite brilliantly the effect of the constant pain on both her character's body and her mind.

February 20, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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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.

February 19, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cake

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

Super Reviewer

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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