Cake (2014)

Cake (2014)

Cake (2014)

Jennifer Aniston leads this drama as the witty but broken Claire who grows fascinated by the deceased Nina (Anna Kendrick), a member of her chronic pain support group who committed suicide. Her fascination leads her to developing a unique bond with Nina’s husband (Sam Worthington), a relationship that gets Claire to confront her own personal tragedy. Co-stars Britt Robertson (TV’s Under the Dome) and William H. Macy (TV’s Shameless).

2014Rating: MA15+USA
Drama

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Cake (2014) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

At the last minute, becomes a film not about chronic pain, but a different subject entirely, and one about which it doesn't have all that much new to say.

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Total Film

Total Film

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.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

The movie hits so many familiar beats that it's impossible not to see what's next. It does what you expect at almost every turn.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

As for Aniston, she gives an honest, well-intentioned performance, but it is marooned in an unsatisfying script whose emotional effects are unearned.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

A brilliant Jennifer Aniston lead performance isn't enough to save this doughy, maudlin piece of misery porn.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Less emotionally potent than it wants to be, and feels as if it might have been overmedicated by script doctoring to make it more palatable to Aniston's fan base.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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.

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