Metascore
30

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 26
  2. Negative: 12 out of 26
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  1. Lots of people will leave screenings of this movie in disgust -- and laughter is the last thing they will hear on the way out.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    75
    You'll laugh and hate yourself for it.
  3. The young cast members, including Justin Long and Ryan Reynolds, are often spirited and funny, and restaurantgoers are left with a valuable lesson.
  4. Many of the dilemmas that are established never pay off, and there is no clear protagonist or antagonist. To make matters even murkier, the movie is poorly shot in visually uninteresting locations with constant soft focus. That said, it's also damn funny.
  5. 60
    Waiting… is only intermittently funny, but when it is, it's hilarious.
  6. For every gag that flies there are at least one-and-a-half that don't.
  7. Reviewed by: Tina-Louise Reid
    50
    McKittrick cites "Dazed and Confused" as well as "Clerks" as influences, yet he lacks the raw edge of early Smith and the existential drift of Linklater. And if side-splitting laughter is what you crave, Waiting . . . will leave you hungry for a slice of American Pie.
  8. Reviewed by: Darren Reidy
    50
    A day in the life at chain restaurant Shenanigan's, Waiting . . . makes a predictable pit stop to elaborately mess with a creep patron's food but otherwise exceeds expectations by handling the real, soul-sucking fears of the double shift.
  9. Reviewed by: Gregory Kirschling
    42
    With its sweet stupidity and shoddy production values, Waiting... knowingly evokes bad '80s R-rated comedies, but the differences are telling.
  10. Don't watch this film unless you have a high tolerance and an undemanding appreciation for penis jokes and humor based more on a capacity to disgust than to surprise.
  11. 40
    There's real potential in the premise of young, unmotivated screw-ups logging time at a dead-end restaurant job--a hash-slinging "Office Space," basically--but first-time writer-director Rob McKittrick makes it look like a homemade sitcom laced with profanity.
  12. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    40
    The wait for laughs lasts the entire length of Waiting ..., first feature from writer-director Rob McKittrick that aims to be a "Clerks"-type comedy set in a chain restaurant but ends up somewhere below a "Porky's" sequel.
  13. Doesn't serve up enough laughs to build a theatrical following but could find life on video as a takeout item.
  14. 40
    The filmmaker captures a certain exaggerated verisimilitude, but the comedy is surprisingly flat. The cast sells the occasional one-liner, but a Reynolds smirk can take you only so far.
  15. 38
    There must be humor here somewhere.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Teenage boys will be in heaven. All others: Check, please.
  17. 38
    The movie is a clumsy and uninspired mess, which is not to say that it's not funny.
  18. 30
    It's a great premise for comedy, but this thing is too dumb to do it justice.
  19. This warmed-over slop feels as if it's been congealing for twice that long.
  20. Could have been a funny movie. There are a few truths about food-service that McKittrick gets right but doesn't fully exploit.
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    25
    Geared to 16-year-olds who can't name the governor of their state, this movie ought to be closed down by the health department.
  22. 25
    Those endless end credits reveal that McKittrick previously worked at Steak & Ale, Roadhouse Grill and Friday's. He may well need to return to his line of work after a debut as dismal as this one.
  23. 20
    It's lewd, crude and socially irredeemable.
  24. Reviewed by: Sara Brady
    0
    Waiting is, at its root, a heaping handful of almost-funny ideas cobbled together without much skill for shaping a story. The result is that one in five provokes a smile, while the other four make the viewers slightly sick that they now have to remember what they just saw.
  25. Never aims higher than the urinal.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 11 out of 35
  1. Scott
    May 21, 2007
    10
    This is a movie in which you have to work in a restaruant to fully enjoy it.. its so realistic. If you have never worked in a restaruant, This is a movie in which you have to work in a restaruant to fully enjoy it.. its so realistic. If you have never worked in a restaruant, you'll be disturbed but the truth is, this stuff actually happens. Full Review »
  2. Sep 9, 2010
    5
    "Waiting..." is crude, dumb, poorly made, and generally very immature. But is it funny? Yes in some cases, including some Reynolds dialogue"Waiting..." is crude, dumb, poorly made, and generally very immature. But is it funny? Yes in some cases, including some Reynolds dialogue that is outstanding and a couple of scenes with the one crazy woman who had worked there for way too long. Some of the stunts and gags grow way too old and gross by the end of the movie, but Reynolds displays a certain teenage charm and wit in his sleek character that will cause anyone to laugh a few times, and will make the movie go down much more smoothly. Full Review »
  3. MathewD.
    Oct 12, 2005
    8
    I think anyone in the restaurant business can appreciate the accuracy of this film...i'm not kidding--some of the events that transpire I think anyone in the restaurant business can appreciate the accuracy of this film...i'm not kidding--some of the events that transpire have happened to me verbatim. i can see how the humor and message is lost (YES, there IS a message--or did you not notice that the industry makes people want to drink and drug themselves stupid??) the fact is, if you haven't lived it, the concept is foreign...this movie is a lot better than the critics say it is! Full Review »