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The Cake Eaters Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    60

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    A bland ensemble drama with an unremarkable script that somehow inspired actress Mary Stuart Masterson to make her feature-directing debut. The material doesn't serve her well -- and vice versa.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Superior acting elevates a small, overcrowded ensemble piece set in rural upstate New York into something a little deeper and truer than the mawkish disease-of-the-week movie it threatens to become.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    There's no kind of wonderful in Mary Stuart Masterson's directorial debut, yet however slight her ensemble drama--about two distressed families in the Rockwellian framings of time-forgotten rural America--maybe, it's at least convincing in its genuine sweetness.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Richard James Havis

    The story is certainly predictable, but it contains just enough conflict and drama to engage the viewer.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    A vibrant, unpretentious small-town tale.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Masterson, like many actors, is an assured director even in her debut; working with her brother Pete as cinematographer, she creates a spell and a tenderness and pushes exactly as far as this story should go.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    In her first feature film, Masterson creates a slice of life that is very believable (especially if you've ever seen "The Jerry Springer Show") and often endearing.

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