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Mystic Pizza is like its namesake food: it's cheesy, topped with romance, and rises to the occasion. Read critic reviews

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"Mystic Pizza" charts the lives and loves of three unforgettable waitresses in a little town called Mystic. For sexy Daisy Araujo (Julia Roberts), her sensible sister Kat (Annabeth Gish) and their wisecracking friend Jojo (Lili Taylor), the summer after high school is a summer they'll never forget. Slinging pizza at a local restaurant, the three girls share their hopes, dreams and plans for escaping their small town.

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (6)

  • Don't be put off by the ambiguous-sounding title and the lack of star names. Mystic Pizza is a marvelously warm and funny comedy-drama that is frankly sentimental but never cloying.

    July 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Genuine and moving.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Thanks to sensitive direction by Petrie, the result is a thoroughly involving movie that doesn't resort to violence, sex or schmaltz to pack an emotional punch.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Though in essence this is little more than a girls' romance novel brought to life, it has been filled with heart and humor.

    May 20, 2003
  • You get the general sense that the actors -- particularly Annabeth Gish and, though he is hardly featured, D'Onofrio (who was last seen as the troubled recruit in "Full Metal Jacket") -- are better than their material, but this is scant compensation.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • "Mystic Pizza" does create the feeling of a small resort town and the people who live there and, amazingly, given the familiar nature of a lot of the material, it nearly always keeps us interested.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mystic Pizza

  • Dec 17, 2012
    One summer in the lives of three young women who work as waitresses at Mystic Pizza - the local small-town pizza place. This movie delves into class distinction and work ethic and getting out of Mystic.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2012
    Three women deal with relationships in small town Connecticut. The performances by the three female leads are all quite strong, but they're strong in a cliched American way; American cinema often asks its leading ladies to be charming, upbeat, and beautiful, without much depth or sincerity, and the leads of <i>Mystic Pizza</i> follow this tradition, smiling and laughing in a light-hearted, cheeky way throughout the soap operatic plot. The one highlight is Lili Taylor's performance, whose monologue after she "breaks up" with Bill is extraordinary in its writing and performance. Overall, I don't have much to say about <i>Mystic Pizza</i> because <i>Mystic Pizza</i> doesn't have a lot to say; rather than a coming-of-age drama in which boys become men, Hollywood restricts female coming-of-age dramas to films in which girls become Barbies.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2011
    Between this and Now and Then I think have a teen girl drama fetish. I really feel for these sorts of situations, I don't know.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Sep 09, 2010
    Watch for a YOUNG Matt Damon.
    Sean G Super Reviewer

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