Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
Critics were not kind to this quiet little drama, perhaps turned off by Jennifer Aniston's aggressive campaigning for an Oscar nomination (which she deserved). I must have been on its wavelength, because I found it highly engrossing. For ninety minutes, I felt like I was this woman, understanding her pain (physical and emotional) and struggling to find a way to move on. This kind of movie doesn't have or need much in the way of plot; it needs a strong lead performance that creates a complete person and demonstrates subtle changes over time, and Aniston nails the role. It does have a few minor problems (Anna Kendrick's scenes are too blunt in an otherwise understated film, and "Cake" is a terrible title), but on the whole I think this is one of the best films I'll see this year. This is the kind of movie that Hollywood used to make more of before superheroes and toy brands took over the multiplex, and it's a shame that it didn't get much attention.
Samir Mehta: “It was ok.”
Great Aniston performance but the direction is a bit wonky and the script is uneven.