Waitress Reviews

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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.
November 18, 2011
Funny, gentle, unpatronising, if occasionally naive and quirky.
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.
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.
October 26, 2007
The sunniness of its tone is so disarming that it keeps you onside no matter what.
August 10, 2007
The pies themselves, produced in all the colours of a rainbow - look disgustingly plastic.
August 10, 2007
You've heard of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This is My Big Thin White Abusive Marriage.
August 10, 2007
Despite the fairy-tale manipulation, it's hard not to be moved.
August 10, 2007
Despite getting off to a good start with an entertaining premise, Waitress ultimately promises more than it delivers, thanks to its less than satisfying final act, a predictably syrupy feel-good finale that the film could well have done without.
August 10, 2007
A simple tale of a girl's determination to dig through the bitterness, and find a layer of sweetness just waiting to be enjoyed.
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.
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.
May 11, 2007
While Shelly's film trades in an especially outrageous form of girl-movie self-consciousness, she's completely sincere when it comes to making her heroine the irresistible repository of our sympathies.
May 11, 2007
This is an ensemble piece in which everyone is allowed to shine.
May 11, 2007
Russell is the magic ingredient that holds all this together.
May 11, 2007
Waitress deserves an essay, not just a review. There are perfect moments that stand out, and the reasons for their perfection are interesting.
May 11, 2007
As satisfying and tasty as the pies baked with love (and sometimes hate, anger and frustration) by Jenna, a small-town waitress stuck in an abusive marriage.
May 11, 2007
Waitress is sweet, uneven and, ultimately, a heartbreaker.
May 11, 2007
So why does it work, at least much of the time? Because of Russell, and because Shelly's uneven tone also provides hints at brilliance.
May 11, 2007
Look, Waitress is no groundbreaker, and it's not likely to change anyone's life. But it provides a showcase for Russell, who knows how to make the most of it.
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