Mystic Pizza
Mystic Pizza (1988)

Three teenagers learn a lot about life and love one summer in this romantic comedy-drama. Kat (Annabeth Gish), Daisy (Julia Roberts), and Jojo (Lili Taylor) are three working-class women just out of high school who have jobs at the same… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Genuine and moving.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

You get the general sense that the actors -- particularly Annabeth Gish and, though he is hardly featured, D'Onofrio (who was last seen as the troubled recruit in "Full Metal Jacket") -- are better than their material, but this is scant compensation.

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

To put it bluntly, Mystic Pizza is more or less a movie version of a soap opera, layered in with some quirky humor and gigantic '80s hair.

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Mark Sanderson
Time Out

Thanks to sensitive direction by Petrie, the result is a thoroughly involving movie that doesn't resort to violence, sex or schmaltz to pack an emotional punch.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"Mystic Pizza" does create the feeling of a small resort town and the people who live there and, amazingly, given the familiar nature of a lot of the material, it nearly always keeps us interested.

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Emanuel Levy

The only novelty of this familiar small-town coming-of-age saga is that its women are Portugueste-American, but it's laced with humor and well-acted, and the gorgeous-looking Julia Roberts shows strong potential for becoming a major star.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Though in essence this is little more than a girls' romance novel brought to life, it has been filled with heart and humor.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Though the film's heart is in the right place, somehow it all winds up about as flat as one of the celebrated pies at Mystic Pizza. [Blu-ray]

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Coming-of-age story flirts with melodrama but is saved by wonderful performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
One summer in the lives of three young women who work as waitresses at Mystic Pizza - the local small-town pizza place. This movie delves into class… More
Jennifer Xu
Between this and Now and Then I think have a teen girl drama fetish. I really feel for these sorts of situations, I don't know.
Jim Hunter
Three women deal with relationships in small town Connecticut. The performances by the three female leads are all quite strong, but they're strong in a… More
CAST: Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, Conchata Ferrell, William R. Moses, Vincent D'Onofrio, Adam Stroke, Matt Damon DIRECTED BY: Donald… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Daisy: I fucked up. Charles Gordon Windsor, Jr.: Yeah... but you gave it a 100% effort!
Alice Shen
Brassy and whipsmart. Julia Roberts, at her big-haired, smoldering best.

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