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Adrienne Shelly

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About the Movie

Trapped in a miserable marriage and blessed with the ability to transform her misery into delicious desserts, a small-town waitress finds her life forever changed by an unplanned pregnancy. Every day, Jenna (Keri Russell) ties on her apron and serves her customers with a smile, and every night she goes to bed knowing that she is one step closer to the day that she can kiss her scarily domineering husband (Jeremy Sisto) goodbye forever. A smart and sassy baker whose extraordinary pies are inspired by her daily trials and tribulations, Jenna fears that her dreams are all but dead when handsome Dr. Pomatter (Nathan Fillion) reveals that she is soon to become a mother. As Jenna begins penning a series of letters to her unborn baby, her life starts to change for the better in ways she never could have imagined. The final film from actress/filmmaker Adrienne Shelly, Waitress debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah just months after the director was discovered dead in her New York City apartment — the victim of a homicide.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 171
  • Fresh: 153
  • Rotten: 18
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Feb 10, 2014

Fresh: Waitress deserves an essay, not just a review. There are perfect moments that stand out, and the reasons for their perfection are interesting. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Apr 4, 2008

Fresh: Russell is the magic ingredient that holds all this together. – Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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, May 13, 2009

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Customer Reviews

Favorite movie of all time...

This movie is so so so cute and so unbelievably good! I recomend it to everyone I talk to! It's one you can watch over and over and over again and it never gets old! "We just agreed you have real attractive hair....hooray for you! Woooo...."

one of the best

Waitress is one of the best movies I have ever seen. The acting is wonderful, and Adrienne Shelly really created a gem. It's a very heartwarming feel good movie and you will want to watch it again and again!


This movie is so dumb. The acting su*ks.