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After having visions of a member of her support group who killed herself, a woman who also suffers with chronic pain seeks out the widower of the suicide.

Actors: Jennifer Aniston , Anna Kendrick , William H. Macy , Adriana Barraza , Felicity Huffman , Sam Worthington , Britt Robertson , Lucy Punch , Chris Messina , Mamie Gummer
Directors: Daniel Barnz
Country: USA
Release: 2015-01-23
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  • Melissa Maerz

    Aniston works so hard to avoid sentimentality that it's disappointing when it creeps into the film. Director Daniel Barnz casts everything in a blue-yellow light that oversells the melancholy mood.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    Mostly thanks to Barnz's direction and Aniston's performance it all starts to gel.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    What makes Aniston, of all actresses, especially right for Cake is that her comedy has always had a certain ruefulness underlying it, an understanding of life’s limits, a kind of glum acceptance. So the transition into sadness and desolation is a natural step for her.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    There are some who may lament Aniston’s choice to step out of her comfortable comedy shoes and little black dresses, but the decision was sound: The best reason to see Cake — the sort of film that makes your life look pretty good in comparison — is to watch her deliver her best dramatic performance to date.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Depression is a tricky subject for a movie aimed at a target audience that is depressed enough already. But this one justifies its challenges to feel-good escapism through honesty and integrity.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    A thoughtful and frequently moving drama that insightfully illuminates what it’s like to live with illness and agony at least as well as last year’s other Best Actress vehicles like “Wild,” “Still Alice,” and “Two Days, One Night” do.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    The one humanizing slice of Cake that is tolerable is Claire’s relationship with her Mexican housekeeper, Silvana (the terrific Adrianna Barraza, who was Oscar-nominated for 2006’s “Babel”). Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    I wish the movie were messier, more surprising. But as with most of what we see, made on small budgets and large: The performances are not the problem.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A comedy that barely flirts with funny and a grim weeper that never quite raises a tear, Cake has one thing going for it — Jennifer Aniston.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    If you can't see where this is going, you've probably never seen a movie before. But the script plods on, complete with an ending that futilely tries to tidy up the scenario strands. Miraculously, Aniston maintains our rooting interest.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    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.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Director Daniel Barnz's soft-play indie drama is a compassionate but emotionally raw film, one that traffics in such thoughtful ideas as personal redemption and emotional resurrection.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Directed in moody, downbeat tones by Daniel Barnz, Cake doesn't know when to stop piling on the angst.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    One of those movies designed as an Oscar make-over for its star. It didn’t work in this case. Aniston was not nominated for Best Actress, perhaps because the film is so obvious about what it’s up to.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    True, Aniston does maybe her best film work to date in Cake. But it’s definitely not her best film.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Between a string of post-Friends dismal rom-coms, Aniston has succeeded in these kinds of grownup roles every few years. Here, she negotiates the character’s quirks and contradictions competently, but nothing short of a rewrite from scratch could make Cake palatable.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    It’s the sort of well-intentioned independent effort that can make criticism feel like overkill. There’s nothing to hate, nothing to love. The movie’s greatest virtue is that it gives Ms. Aniston a little room to play against the somewhat sardonic tough-cookie type that she deploys in vulgar comedies.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    [Jennifer Aniston's] performance in Cake is rightly being praised as a dramatic breakthrough (no one doubts her comedic chops). She's really good. It's just too bad the movie does her no favors.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Gunning for the near-annual Ugly Makeup Oscar, Aniston proves, as always, a modestly gifted actress, only this time with scars and weedy hair.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Jenni Miller

    Director Daniel Barnz, who also made the unbearably earnest "Won’t Back Down," never wavers in his more-is-more conviction. Perhaps with a better script and in surer hands, Cake could have been salvaged.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • William Goss

    At the end of the day, Cake at least stands better as a showcase for the potential dramatic chops of the once and future Rachel Green than it does as the latest life-affirming indie. Hopefully, the next time Aniston goes fishing for awards, she uses a more convincing breed of bait to do so.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Aniston gives the character personality and heft, but the script gives the character nothing to do.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Elise Nakhnikian

    The film is a study of grief that drowns in a cold bath of grim self-pity.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Aniston's portrayal feels honest, but the film doesn't rise to the level of her performance.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Sheri Linden

    It's a letdown that the film itself, written by Patrick Tobin and directed by Daniel Barnz, doesn't take half the chances its leading lady does and is content to paddle around the shallows rather than plunge into the deep end.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    Aniston submits an honest, sturdy performance. However, the film, directed by Daniel Barnz (Phoebe in Wonderland, Beastly) and written by Patrick Tobin, is less emotionally potent than it wants to be.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    To be sure, Aniston leads with her scowl here, in the sort of performance that often gets called “brave” but is, in fact, more accurately described as a well-executed change of pace.

    Variety Full Review
  • Nikola Grozdanovic

    There are moments when the fabrication behind Claire’s arc breaks to reveal a real person, and the filmmaker’s have Aniston to thank for this, because it’s certainly not the bland dialogue or unremarkable events.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    [Aniston's] the one element keeping this unexceptional dramedy halfway watchable.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Julia Alexander

    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.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Kate Stables

    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.

    Total Film Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Actually, the whole movie is grim — drearily so.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Sheila O’Malley

    The script has a refreshing take on the expectation that sick people should be good sports, and fit a pat, inspirational narrative about the blessings of illness. But the way the story is told, with symbols, dream sequences, flashbacks, and coy withholding, makes that setup manipulative and overdetermined. It tries too hard, without being as deep as it thinks.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Aniston is fine, and sometimes good even, in director Daniel Barnz’s maudlin and overly obvious drama. She has layered moments of sympathy as a woman afflicted with chronic pain. And unlike in the bad rom-coms she does too often, Aniston absolutely shows some serious chops.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Cake chokes you on its self-seriousness, even as it trots out potentially interesting supporting players.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Catherine Shoard

    Aniston’s drab-act is diverting, but it’s not enough to sweeten a character who is one hell of a pill.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Here Aniston suffers every manipulative cliché and contrivance in the tearjerker playbook. She works hard, and it’s painful to watch.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    There’s no doubt that Aniston deserves more roles like this one but, with luck, in less maudlin, more surprising movies.

    Washington Post Full Review
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