Wesley Morris of The Grantland called her "one of the great screen comedians.
[...] Most of her scenes here are extraneous, but her vulgarity and tartness are so sharp that the movie needs them.
The film, a comedy about a drug dealer with a fake family, and Eric Kohn of Indie Wire wrote that her role in the film outshone every recent film performance by her stating, "Aniston tops any of her recent performances with a spirited turn that harkens back to her neurotic days on Friends." The cast includes Tim Robbins, John Hawkes, Mos Def, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Mark Boone Junior.
Aniston starred in the film Cake (2014), directed by Daniel Barnz, portraying an astringent woman named Claire Simmons who struggles with chronic pain.
The film received mixed reviews but Aniston's performance was once again noticed.
Aniston then appeared in two more failed television comedy series, The Edge and Muddling Through.
Depressed over her four unsuccessful television shows, Aniston approached Warren Littlefield at a Los Angeles gas station asking for reassurance about her career.
The head of NBC entertainment encouraged Aniston to continue acting, and a few months later helped cast her for Friends, but Courteney Cox was considered to be better suited to the role. She was also offered a spot as a featured player on Saturday Night Live, but turned it down to do Friends.1 million per episode for the last two seasons of Friends, as well as five Emmy nominations (two for Supporting Actress, three for Lead Actress), including a win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
She was also nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and won, in 2003, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.