Waitress (2007)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 2, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sweet, smart, and quirky, Waitress hits the right, bittersweet notes through this romantic comedy through its witty script and a superb performance by Keri Russell.

Shauna Lyon
New Yorker

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.

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Mark Bourne

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.

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Sean Axmaker

...genuinely, genially funny and carries a modestly affirming moral: You have to make yourself happy and you have to be able to live with yourself.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

Funny, gentle, unpatronising, if occasionally naive and quirky.

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David Fear
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.

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out Chicago

Essentially a king-size serving of sitcom

Bob Mondello

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This bittersweet romantic farce teeters and then tips into precious, a forgivable sin once you know this sweet movie's sad history.

Nick Rogers

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Wildaly M
A bittersweet film but smartly done. Worth watching.
Dean King
Well seems I'm the only person who didn't like this?! I thought it was a Rom-Com but it's more of a Rom-Drama. Quite weird and quirky, I just… More
Josh Morris
Waitress is a charming, gentle, often dark yet extremely quirky comedy. It feels even darker since the subsequent murder of its writer/director/supporting… More
Daniel Perry
Waitress walks a very fine line between being a slice of life and a complete caricature of Middle America, but somehow, it's to the film's credit.… More
Red Lats
Our world needs a few feel-good movies, and 'Waitress' fits the bill. Earl (why are Southern bad guys always called Earl?) needs to be taught a… More
Bethany Murphy
Quirky and silly film but Sandra Bullock is really great