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A woman trapped in a life from which she dreams of escape, Jenna's secretly hopes to save enough money from her waitressing job to leave her overbearing and controlling husband. She is a sharp, sassy woman with a gift for making unusual pies whose recipes are inspired by the trials, tribulations and circumstances of her life. An unwanted pregnancy changes the course of events giving her an unexpected confidence via letters to her unborn baby.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Shauna Lyon, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Mark Bourne, Film.com
"Essentially a king-size serving of sitcom"
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Time Out Chicago
"... Fillion offers up an endlessly charismatic performance..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's a love letter of the first degree, the kind that rises out of trepidation and confusion, almost by accident, with a sudden force of absolute clarity."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"Funny, gentle, unpatronising, if occasionally naive and quirky."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Shelly's film (regrettably her last) may be a fine folly for foodies. But as a fable of female empowerment, it seriously lacks flavor."
‑ David Fear, Time Out
"Adrienne Shelly's lasting legacy is this exquisite, engaging film about slices of life, Keri Russell's luminosity, an unhurried narrative, Andy Griffith's codger delighting in schadenfreude and even Jeremy Sisto making his abhorrent character relatable."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"Adrienne Shelly's last piece has all the right ingredients."
‑ Heather Huntington, ReelzChannel.com
"Waitress is a beautiful and poignant swan song for what should have been the vanguard of a blossoming career."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, Colorado Springs Gazette
"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."
‑ Bob Mondello, NPR.org
"This bittersweet romantic farce teeters and then tips into precious, a forgivable sin once you know this sweet movie's sad history."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Allergic as I am to quirkiness, I was won over"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"full of whiney characters that eventually make the right decisions only after an unprecedented amount of hand-wringing"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Keri Russell sparkles in this story about a piemaker who longs for something more filling."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
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