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Based on 34 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 37 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This sweetheart of a comedy boasts a hilarious and heartfelt performance by Keri Russell. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Waitress deserves an essay, not just a review. There are perfect moments that stand out, and the reasons for their perfection are interesting. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Serves up an irresistible helping of delicious fun with writing that is tart and sharp and a story infused with sweetness. show more

  • 100
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The writer-director Adrienne Shelly, who died in New York City late last year at the age of 40, took such perishable ingredients as wit, daring, poignancy, whimsy and romance, added passionate feelings plus the constant possibility of joy, decorated her one-of-a-kind production with pastel colors and created something close to perfection. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Shelly left her daughter - and her audience - a wonderful gift, this movie about the transforming effects of motherhood. Waitress shows how, in giving birth, a woman gives birth to herself - as artist and mother. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    While Shelly's stylized vision and sentimental intentions don't always gel, they do result in a warm, often charming fantasy. show more

  • 75
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    The ending of Waitress is so beguiling and whimsical that it makes you, like its diner's patrons, hungry for more--and it makes you miss that red-headed movie auteur/pastry chef/heart stealer Shelly even more. show more

  • 75
    Connie Ogle Miami Herald

    There is little trace of tragedy in this warm, refreshing Southern comedy, which is quirky without being idiotic, original despite some familiar developments. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Basically, this tale of a pregnant waitress looking for a way out of an unhappy marriage is a funny and touching riff on Martin Scorsese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," not to mention its better-known sitcom spinoff, "Alice." show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Waitress isn't a great film, but it is great, deep-dish fun, with a generosity of spirit that extends first to the sisters on the screen and in the audience, then to the rest of humanity. show more

  • June 05, 2011 bebromana
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    A cute little sleeper film. It grows on you each time you see it. Definitely see in when you\'re in the mood to make pies. It\'s a bout the choices we make in life -- some good, some bad -- and pursuing our dreams. The characters are flawed, but they are real. There are no clear villians or heros in this piece. Even the husband, as reprehensible as he is, has some redeeming qualities. You can see why she fell for him before the relationship went sour. He\'s a rather lost soul who wants love but is unable to share it. It lifts the spirts because even when she\'s in this horrible relationship, there is beauty in her soul, expressed by her ability to make pies. She still pursues her dreams, and even if she makes some bad choices along the way, in the end she makes the right one.

  • March 01, 2010 Pinkpuppy95
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    also im gonna miss adrienne shelly, i was looking forward to seeing another film of hers! r.i.p

  • January 21, 2009 Denise
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    The characters really made the whole movie believable. Its sorry, that it can really be true to life, thats why some people may not like it. Life, just ain't perfect, and there is no sugar coating it. We just can't get it right and I give Shelly all the credit for tying to make a happy ending.

  • July 23, 2008 Tindall Faith
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    This movie is wonderful!!! I really enjoyed it. I think a lot of women can identify with the characters in this movie. I saw it on cable and I'll be buying it to add to my collection this weekend. Hats off to mis Russell!! Your performance is wonderful girl!!!

  • May 22, 2008 tidegirl0506
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    This was one of the most boring movies I have ever seen, don't waste your time and money renting it.

  • May 22, 2008 Spaceman Eddie
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    Romantic? Charming? This is one of the blackest, most shallow, and depressing movies of all time. Nothing uplifting. Not a character worth empathizing with; they are all villians. A bad, implausable story told badly. Humorless. An episode of "Cheaters" filmed in pastel would be more entertaining. The requisite "coma" of soap operas and chick flicks. And not even a good pie recipe.

  • May 22, 2008 bobwphoto
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    I enjoyed this entire film and I have recommended it to all of my friends. Why did I like it so much? I liked the different names they came up with for the pies that fit Jenna?s life. I liked the struggle that Jenna had with being impregnated by a husband that she grew out of love with. I also liked the performances by a great cast and I feel that Keri Russell should be nominated for a best actress award.This may be a ?Chick Flick,? but I am a sixty year old man and I found it to be well written, well acted, and very well filmed. I am sorry that the world of film making lost such a talented women as the writer and director of this motion picture, Adrienne Shelly. I felt that this was one of the best films that I saw this year. Here is a tip for you, see this film.

  • May 22, 2008 martinis241
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    i went to casa bella restaurant in dania beach , floridawell the food sucked, the service horrbile and or bill for 2 was 123 doaalrs with a crappy tip for 2 what a rip off do not go there becausse of their charmind old 2 storty home with atmoshere U WILL BE RPIPPED OFF

  • May 22, 2008 cecechan
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    This should have been a TV sitcom. It was not plausible. An attractive girl like this would not be stuck with the loser husband. The OBGyn doctor would not be having sex with his very pregnant patient and wanting to run away with her. It was just stupid. A big waste of time.

  • May 22, 2008 patinhat2006
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    LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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