Mystic Pizza

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  • Summary: The coming-of-age story of three best friends (Taylor, Gish, Roberts) who work at a pizzeria in the seaside town of Mystic, Connecticut. (MGM)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. 90
    Genuine and moving... Script is remarkably mature in its dealings with teens.
  2. Inoffensive in its simplicity; its high, if naive, spirits send viewers out into the all too real streets clothed in the glow of a fantasy well-spun.
  3. 88
    The characters are allowed to be smart, to react in unexpected ways, and to be more concerned with doing the right thing than with doing the expedient or even the lustful thing.
  4. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    A pleasant enough "Crimes of the Heart" rip-off about three young women bumbling, stumbling and fumbling through life, looking for answers, smiling through tears, blah, blah, blah. [21 Oct 1988]
  5. A feel-good movie with a gentle melancholic undercurrent.
  6. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Beyond some well-observed sibling interaction, the mutual effort of four writers is mutually uninspired. Whoever wrote the episodes between hot-to-trot Jojo (Taylor) and her balky boyfriend Bill (D'Onofrio) should be ashamed. [21 Oct 1988]
  7. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    In all, it's “Diner,'' female style. Directed by Donald Petrie from a blatantly manipulative screenplay that took four people to cook up. [24 Oct 1988]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 13, 2010
    Took one of my first "real" dates to this movie. (Took all my "fake" dates to horror flicks.) But seriously, this was a very good movie forTook one of my first "real" dates to this movie. (Took all my "fake" dates to horror flicks.) But seriously, this was a very good movie for its time. Julia Roberts was far from the best actor in this film. Lilly Taylor and Anabeth Gish are terrific, and Vincent D'Nofrio is solid. Expand

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