Waitress Reviews

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Shauna Lyon
New Yorker
February 10, 2014
Shelly deftly achieves a tone pitched between fantasy and reality, its levity belying an astute and humane study of an unhappy relationship steeped in inertia.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Funny, gentle, unpatronising, if occasionally naive and quirky.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cliff Doerksen
Time Out Chicago
November 17, 2011
Essentially a king-size serving of sitcom
| Original Score: 1/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
November 22, 2010
Adrienne Shelly's lasting legacy is this exquisite, engaging film about slices of life, Keri Russell's luminosity, an unhurried narrative, Andy Griffith's codger delighting in schadenfreude and even Jeremy Sisto making his abhorrent character relatable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Allergic as I am to quirkiness, I was won over
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 14, 2009
... Fillion offers up an endlessly charismatic performance...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
The film is hardly flawless - even the pie-baking scenes sometimes seem half-baked - but it's hard not to read promise into every frame, and to wonder what Shelly might have cooked up in the future.
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
August 28, 2008
Adrienne Shelly's last piece has all the right ingredients.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 17, 2008
full of whiney characters that eventually make the right decisions only after an unprecedented amount of hand-wringing
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 9, 2008
It's a love letter of the first degree, the kind that rises out of trepidation and confusion, almost by accident, with a sudden force of absolute clarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
Waitress is a beautiful and poignant swan song for what should have been the vanguard of a blossoming career.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
February 2, 2008
Keri Russell sparkles in this story about a piemaker who longs for something more filling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Waitress combines quirky humour with an added and enhanced sense of emotional truth.
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
December 11, 2007
Completely inauthentic in every detail--the cinematic equivalent of an apple pie from Perkins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
December 6, 2007
Despite Shelly's twist of disturbing fate, WAITRESS will be a memorialized nod of a little gem of a film that delivered a slice of pie to our hungry, entertaining expectations
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
December 6, 2007
I dare you to sit through Waitress and not fall for Russell.Her face is open like a baby's and sculpted like a goddess'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
December 1, 2007
It's a small movie set in a small town, and features actors who were most famous for parts on the small screen. And it also just happens to be one of the more entertaining movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
November 29, 2007
Nothing can distract from the inherent joy of experiencing this undeniably tasty creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Bourne
Film.com
November 28, 2007
Waitress is not a perfectly cut, factory-line Safeway-brand slice. It does, though, serve up a generous deep-dish portion, homemade and heartfelt, that leaves a sweet taste goes down.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
November 25, 2007
Its almost-bedtime-story delivery heightens its design as a parable about finding focus and clarity after enduring much chaos and wading through the mud.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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