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Reviews: Cake (2014)

cakeReviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Aniston so completely dons the scarred skin, battered bones and deep depression of Claire, one forgets one is watching the former star of TV’s ‘Friends.’ With the Oscar-nominated Barraza in a strong supporting role, Aniston is the frosting this misshappen “Cake” needs.
  • M. Enois Duarte @ High-Def
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: It puts us at a disadvantage for comprehending Claire, and it puts Claire at a disadvantage for becoming a recipient of our sympathy.
  • Sarah Gopaul @ Digital Journal
    • Excerpt: ‘Cake’ contains a marvellous performance by Jennifer Aniston, but being the best part of a film can sometimes be a disservice.
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Pass up this flaky, underwhelming confection…
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: What’s admirable about Cake is that it doesn’t feel the need to make its main character warm and fuzzy. She’s a prickly individual damaged by grief and her temperament reflects that.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: Occasionally more drab than insightful, “Cake” takes its sweet time getting to the humanity of the damaged lead character, but Aniston’s against-type performance is the most satisfying piece of the film to be worth talking about.
  • Kristin Dreyer Kramer @
  • Mike McGranaghan @ The Aisle Seat
    • Excerpt: Has a brilliant lead performance from Jennifer Aniston, yet that performance is surrounded by tiresome clichés and contrivances torn straight out of the Independent Filmmaking 101 handbook.
  • Nell Minow @ The Movie Mom
  • Darren Mooney @ the m0vie blog
    • Excerpt: Let them eat…
  • Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer
    • Excerpt: Going from the darkest horse of the race to the number one snub isn’t an easy feat and Oscar/film history might be kinder to Aniston’s turn in Cake since she missed out with the Academy. Enjoy Aniston’s work in Cake as a strong performance in its own right and not simply as another box to tick off on the Oscar cheat sheet.
  • [New – 7/2/15] | Nuno Reis @ Antestreia [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: É apenas por ser um filme feito para um público específico, como homenagem às vítimas da dor crónica, e portanto os tratar alternadamente ou como uns coitados ou como uns heróis, não se decidindo sobre qual perfil quer, e não sendo honesto sobre a normalidade que existe em pessoas que no fundo são como nós.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: The screenplay here, written by Patrick Tobin is free of gimmicks and emotional trickery. He’s written a story that has a nice flow. It doesn’t feel gummed up, but is thin enough to let the characters breathe.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Many fine ingredients–not least the performances of Aniston and Barraza–have gone into making this ‘Cake,’ but it leaves one wishing that the end result had been more uncompromising.
  • Ron Wilkinson @ Monsters and Critics
    • Excerpt: Jennifer Aniston does something completely different in this potboiler of a psychodrama and succeeds marvelously.
Updated: July 2, 2015 — 11:00 pm
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