Waitress Synopsis
A pregnant waitress is caught between her controlling husband and her new lover.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Waitress deserves an essay, not just a review. There are perfect moments that stand out, and the reasons for their perfection are...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The writer-director Adrienne Shelly, who died in New York City late last year at the age of 40, took such perishable ingredients as wit,...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A wee romantic charmer, a delectable Dixie screwball romp that never loses its spry sense of discovery.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Serves up an irresistible helping of delicious fun with writing that is tart and sharp and a story infused with sweetness.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The ending of Waitress is so beguiling and whimsical that it makes you, like its diner's patrons, hungry for more--and it makes you miss...
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Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
There is little trace of tragedy in this warm, refreshing Southern comedy, which is quirky without being idiotic, original despite some...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Shelly left her daughter - and her audience - a wonderful gift, this movie about the transforming effects of motherhood. Waitress shows...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This sweetheart of a comedy boasts a hilarious and heartfelt performance by Keri Russell.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Waitress isn't a great film, but it is great, deep-dish fun, with a generosity of spirit that extends first to the sisters on the screen...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
While Shelly's stylized vision and sentimental intentions don't always gel, they do result in a warm, often charming fantasy.
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The Waitress

By rsmith4511
This was a very uplifting and funny movie. We saw it at the Sonoma film festival and everyone we spoke to loved it. It has a very original story line and we continue to talk about it and laugh. We...

simply delicious

By eileenie
i loved this movie! i could never imagine keri russell in a role other than felicity. but she completely grounds this film with the incredible ease with which she plays the role of jenna. this film...

As Tempting as a Slice of Naughty Pumpkin Pie...

By Faialchick
This movie boasts a great cast, particularly the 3 waitresses Kerri Russell (Jenna, the protagonist), Cheryl Hines as a tarty overbleached aging waitress and the late Adrienne Shelley as Dawn (she was...

Not a chick-flick

By wboas
What a great film. I was "dragged" by my wife to this film, and was pleasantly suprised by what I saw. Great acting, and an incredible story. Keri Russell is great. Cheryl Hines is hilarious. ...

A Tasty Treat

By RandytheMovieFan
Well written comedy with very serious overtones, the only drawback to me was that every male character came off as a jerk or worse. Keri Russell was outstanding. Great movie for those seeking a...


By BK Blogger
This gem has an authentic center, Jenna (Kerri Russell). Through the use of voice over you get her unique life perspective connected with her passion for food and her inability to move out of her...

Not a Stupid Blockbuster

By ahebert
Liked this movie immensely. Well-written and well-acted, thought-provoking, empowering to women. Shows us that while some people are exactly as they appear on the surface, some people are not and we...

Don't Wait to See Waitress

By gasparm
Like the film Year of the Dog Waitress is a quirky "dramady" with a soft and hard center. Trapped in an abusive relationship...Jenna, A wonderful Keri Russell finds herself pregnant and more...

Loved it.

By love2act
I loved this movie. It is hilarious and heartwarming. Keri Russell portrays a pregnant woman who's struggling as a waitress to try and make enough money to get out of an abusive relationship. This...

The Waitress

By roseglen
It was a wonderful movie! It was cute, funny and sad all in one movie. It was good to see a movie without violence. It made one laugh at times while it also had true-to-life sorrow. It certainly...

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content, language and thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
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