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  • Summary: This sweet, sassy and delicious slice of life tale reveals the power of friendship, motherhood and the willingness to take a chance. (Fox Searchlight)
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. Waitress deserves an essay, not just a review. There are perfect moments that stand out, and the reasons for their perfection are interesting.
  2. The film is laced with lovely moments, from the leads and from Shelly as a waitress friend.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    An unassuming treat amid the noisy blockbuster season. It’ll melt your heart and any dietary resolve equally.
  4. 75
    A pleasant dramatic comedy that overcomes its tonal inconsistencies by presenting an engaging lead character with whom its virtually impossible not to empathize.
  5. 70
    Washed in a honeyed 1950s glow, Waitress has a mildly puckish way with outlandish baked goods and pert dialogue, but the movie is memorable largely for the contrast between its innocent sweetness and the savagery of its maker's premature death.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    70
    While aspects verge on sitcom terrain, this tale of a pregnant small-town woman caught between a bad marriage and a risky affair is mostly as funny and charming as intended.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    60
    It appears to be a true reflection of her (Shelly) spirit -- eccentric, good-naturedly feminist, kind of funny and kind of sentimental. Despite its realistic setting in a small Southern town, it is much more a fable than it is a slice of authentic life.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 51
  2. Negative: 10 out of 51
  1. Oct 27, 2011
    10
    Waitress walks a pretty thin line between dark relationship drama and whimsical comedy and it does so perfectly making the film thoroughly enjoyable while also giving it bite.
    Waitress tells the story of Jenna (Keri Russell), a small town waitress with a knack for making pies, who discovers she is pregnant with her repulsive husbands (Jeremy Sisto) child. She plans to win a pie making contest in a nearby town to make enough money to get away from him.
    Waitress is exceedingly clever in that it doesn't resort to any form of cliche when it could easily do so. For instance Jennas husband manages to be repugnant while also tragic, scary while also affectionate. Its something only a skilfully written script, actor and director could do together and it works magnificently. However the film really shines because of its supporting characters like Dr Pomatter (Nathan Fillion) and diner owner Joe (Andy Griffiths) who bring big lashings of humour and heart to the film. Russell gives a powerful performance that never becomes overtly emotional because it isn't in the character. The strong southern nature of her character does contrast with the closed in feeling she has about her marriage but at the same time makes you wonder why she hasn't left him already (a question handled well at the end of the film) Waitress is a perfectly crafted movie with plenty of comedy, emotion and depth.
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  2. Jul 5, 2012
    8
    A delightfully charming movie, not necessarily a romcom but more as a lighthearted romance movie. It's basically a "happier" version of "The Good Girl" with Jennifer Aniston. It is a well acted movie from everyone involved, but particularly from Russle, Sisto and Fillion. Keri Russell does an excellent job as playing a waitress was is unhappy with her life. Living in an unhappy marriage while fighting her urge to be happy. At first I thought that i wouldn;t be able to stand her accent, but she does a surprisingly good job. Jeremy Sisto does a good job as a scum bag, mean and (non physically) abusive husband. And Nathan Fillion as a kind and caring prince charming like character, which I thought was perfect for her. It's well paced and written, especially the ending which makes it stand out from other movies of its kind. 8.4/10. Expand
  3. Jan 23, 2012
    6
    Director/writer/actress Adrienne's jinxed misfortune (she was killed in a burglary at home) before releasing her second film in 2006 took on a critically unanticipated hype for this indie drama-comedy, starring a haplessly chirpy Keri Russell as the waitress and pie-baker, engrossed over 19 million dollars on the domestic box-office (versus its $2,000,000 budget). I was prejudiced to expect a comedic girl-gone-independent rousing story thanks to the bright-colored poster, multi-montages of garish pies, the risible characters (Hines and Shelly, two co-worker at the pie diner). But soon it was exposed that the film takes on a rather weighty route to probe a matter-of-fact escapism of Keriâ Expand
  4. liz
    Jan 19, 2011
    0
    Awful, truly awful, this was without a doubt the worst film I've ever seen. I can't get that incessant pie song out of my head... gonna make a pie.. AHHHHH :( Expand

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