Waitress Reviews

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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
Anton Bitel
musicOMH.com
August 10, 2007
no amount of quality service can cover up a slice of life that has been so overbaked.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 11, 2007
A celebration of cheating on your spouse.
| Original Score: 2/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
May 10, 2007
The ending is a bigger cheat than a diner charging for coffee refills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Camerin Courtney
Christianity Today
May 11, 2007
A light and airy confection, only a bit too sweet and with a few ingredients missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
May 24, 2007
In the pantheon of forced quirk, no American indie tried as hard to be different as Garden State, but Waitress is surely in the same ballpark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
June 11, 2007
...just another in a growing list of recent films where all the women are wonderful, understanding, and long-suffering while the men are louts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Cliff Doerksen
Time Out Chicago
November 17, 2011
Essentially a king-size serving of sitcom
| Original Score: 1/5
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
May 1, 2007
Shelly's death makes me want to treat this movie with kid gloves, to root for it, turn it into something more than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
June 4, 2007
we're left with a moral message that it's OK to cheat on your partner as long as they're boring, brainless or vegetative
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 20, 2007
Comedy and tragedy exist side-by-side in this drab little film, suggesting an SNL alum's reinterpretation of the TV show Alice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
May 11, 2007
Somewhere between the forced Southern quirkiness and the icky obstetrician-patient romance, this touches on something interesting about a woman's misgivings during pregnancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
April 30, 2007
An overstuffed, overcooked pie -- too ungainly to eat all of, too generous to pass up, too heartbreaking to contemplate for long.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 8, 2007
Boasts a distinctive style and tone, but the style is arch and quaint, and the tone too insistently quirky.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
June 23, 2007
Shelly's film (regrettably her last) may be a fine folly for foodies. But as a fable of female empowerment, it seriously lacks flavor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
August 10, 2007
Waitress isn't perfect, but it has sincerity and warmth, and feels like a labour of love - which is more than can be said of any other movie this week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
August 10, 2007
You've heard of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This is My Big Thin White Abusive Marriage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
November 17, 2007
It runs a little longer than it needs to, but the final product is just like one of Jenna's pies: light, sweet and with the smallest hint of tartness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 24, 2007
This bittersweet romantic farce teeters and then tips into precious, a forgivable sin once you know this sweet movie's sad history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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