The rest of the laughs (when they eventually arrive; the first half hour is kinda bleak) are mostly scraped from the pit of your roiling stomach.
Gregory Kirschling - Entertainment Weekly
A witless farce about working at a chain restaurant that belongs in a circle of gross-out hell somewhere below Porky's and slightly above Jenny McCarthy's Dirty Love.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
As in waiting for it to be over.
Mike Clark - USA Today
It's lewd, crude and socially irredeemable.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Teenage boys will be in heaven. All others: Check, please.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The funniest scene is also the saddest: The kitchen crew, having cleaned up, watching the clock like New Year's, goes nuts when a couple is seated a minute before closing. This is pain.
Darren Reidy - Village Voice
Rob McKittrick's sour debut is such an obvious candidate for the direct-to-video shelf, someone will surely be demoted for sending it into actual theaters.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
The cast compensates by serving steaming-hot plates of gonzo enthusiasm, kicking things along with unhinged gusto even when Waiting stalls in anecdotal nothingness.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
The characters in Waiting... seem like types, not people. What they do and say isn't funny because someone real doesn't seem to be doing or saying it.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Remember Office Space, with Jennifer Aniston as a flair-wearing Chotchkie's waitress? See, writer/director Mike Judge got his chain-dining establishment just right.
Allison Benedikt - Chicago Tribune
An ugly piece of work.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
If you're looking for a hefty serving of rude fun with a side of light meaning, order up Waiting.
Tom Long - Detroit News
As someone who spent time in a steakhouse kitchen, I can say Waiting . . . comes close to reality, especially with its cast of characters.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
The wait for laughs lasts the entire length of Waiting ...
Dennis Harvey - Variety
The sophomorically crude comedy Waiting... confirms your worst suspicions about both the staff in chain restaurants -- and indie filmmakers desperate to be noticed.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Waiting makes us wait too long between laughs. But its sly awareness of the people and the work might transport you back to that Pizza Hut, Olive Garden or T.G.I. Friday's in your own "Order up!" past.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
A puerile excuse for humour, perfectly described by one of the characters, in a rare moment of insight, as 'an exercise in retarded homophobic futility.'
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Between a couple of funny scenes and a bunch of unfunny gags, there's not much going on in Waiting ....
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
The cast sells the occasional one-liner, but a Reynolds smirk can take you only so far.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
...a spare premise that's utilized to surprisingly positive effect...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
An undercooked, overdone raunchy comedy.
Heather Boerner - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Luis Guzman is especially funny as a sex-crazed head cook obsessed with a staff game that becomes a centerpiece of the film's humor.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Some jokes hit their mark, but mostly in "Waiting%u2026," what you're really waiting for is inspiration.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Dean Essner - Time Out
You'd have more fun actually working in a restaurant. Probably.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Andrew Pulver - Observer [UK]
For what's essentially a raucous, gross-out comedy, this is a surprisingly tame film.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Despite its flaws, it really is a funny, witty, and suprisingly charming slob comedy
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
McKittrick neglects to realize that his target audience (males, ages 18-25) presumably aren't interested in seeing or hearing about the male genitalia at any time...
Kevin Biggers - FilmStew.com
We have to watch [the cast] struggle and squirm just to make each scene not as horrible as the last.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Dean Essner - Film Threat
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Subplots include a running gag where the guys all compete at flashing their dicks. You know it's a 21st century movie because the characters are self-conscious about their sexism and homophobia.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A silly, awkward, but sometimes very funny movie.
Eric Goldman - IGN Movies
Frequently offensive and doggedly disgusting.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
An ugly-looking movie with even uglier attempts at humor.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Dean Essner - AV Club
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
The only things you'll find on the menu are rancid leftovers.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Ew. "Waiting" longs to shock its audience. And does.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
If this movie had a brain, it would take it out and scribble graffiti of the 'for a good time call...' variety on it.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rob McKittrick's debut is most successful at its simplest - unflinching in the way a lot of 20somethings talk and act in the company of friends.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
You can do gross-out stuff and be funny, but it has to have some decent dialogue and characters.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
If McKittrick didn't work at a restaurant himself, he must have lived with someone who did.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
If you think 'Deuce Biglaow: European Gigolo' is the worst movie of the year. Wrong! 'Waiting' is the winner by a mile.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
A new classic of the 'sucky job' subgenre.
Luke Y. Thompson - New Times
If you're planning on a dinner-and-movie date, make sure you have dinner FIRST (preferably at a restaurant where you can watch them cook your food).
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Not razor-sharp with its satire of the corporate restaurant culture as Office Space was with corporate office culture.
Mark Collette - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
The movie is best when it stops trying to be outrageous and simply goes about documenting the awful universals of the food-service experience.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
While Waiting has value as a cautionary document, it's only intermittently funny.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
These aren't people; they're punch lines.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Scattershot and under the mistaken assumption that vulgarity is its own reward, Waiting isn't about waiting tables. It's about a group of unlikable and obnoxious jerks who have found one roof under which they can be obnoxious and unlikable.
Mark Keizer - Boxoffice Magazine
McKittrick's relentless vulgarity is wearing, but he's a strong visualist who keeps his shoestring-budget film looking fresh.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
This movie's two goals are to be over-the-top funny and remind audience members what it feels like to be in your early 20s without a plan, and it's a complete success in both areas.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Filth -- be it in the kitchen or the punch lines -- is something I can handle. One-note, laugh-free filth is another thing entirely.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
It lays out a hearty, all-you-can-laugh buffet, served by some very fresh, in both senses of the word, waitstaff.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Waiting needs more scenes with true bite, rather than tired shtick about stoner bus boys, rude customers, and 'The Game.'
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
McKittrick's parade of genitalia humor and poor filmmaking skills make for a movie that's crude in more ways than one.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The movie is a clumsy and uninspired mess.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
Waiting... is rude, crude, childish and stupid, which is pretty much everything you want in a gross-out humour movie.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
If you're planning to go out for dinner and a movie, Waiting... should be your last choice at the multiplex.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
There's nothing here but penis jokes and the glorification of statutory rape.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
Ryan Reynolds' new comedy is like going to one of those T.G.I. Fridays-esque pub-restaurants that it spoofs: It's just okay, but it might leave you a bit queasy afterward.
Dean Essner - E! Online
Don't expect a message. Waiting is one thing and one thing only: rudely, profanely, obnoxiously funny.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
Whether via Jennifer Aniston's waitress character in Office Space or your own acne-aggravating teenage stint in front of a fryer, you've probably seen these situations, and these jokes, before.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Its particular brand of puerile humor is often well-played enough to earn laughs -- though it could still use some improvement.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The scenes that work are really funny. But for every gag that flies there are at least one-and-a-half that don't.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
If side-splitting laughter is what you crave, Waiting... will leave you hungry for a slice of American Pie.
Tina-Louise Reid - L.A. Weekly
An obvious but undeniably funny mix of National Lampoon's Animal House and Clerks, writer-director Rob McKittrick's feature debut is a comedy for those without a gag reflex and for shut-ins who never plan to eat in a restaurant ever again.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
I want Ryan Reynolds' career and his abs ... he'll always get a phone call when Vince Vaughn turns down a role.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
The difference is Clerks was funny and Waiting is not.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Sharp-witted and fairly consistently hilarious, rustling up some affectionate, but mostly disturbing, flashbacks to my own restaurant days.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
As far as the strangely hostile cheerfulness of chain eateries goes, Office Space did more with a single throwaway joke than McKittrick musters in three acts.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
I fear this film may be too true to life for comfort.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Endlessly, tediously, mind-meltingly worthless.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
A movie for young people, and they're welcome to it. Anyone older than teenage already will have seen every joke in Waiting... in more finely crafted, funnier movies.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It makes you never want to go to a movie again.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ryan Reynolds is one of the funniest men alive.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Waiting... serves up a stale dish of dim-witted drivel.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
This gross-out comedy takes place almost entirely inside a generic chain restaurant, and what happens inside the kitchen isn't pretty.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Tasteless and funny. That's a compliment.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
I don't doubt that McKittrick, who understands how to shape characters, will have a movie career. It's only sad he had to sell out before making it to the starting gate.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
... don't watch this film unless you have a high tolerance and an undemanding appreciation for penis jokes...
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
So many zany characters, not a single laugh.
Piet Levy - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
As a parody of the corporate restaurant scene, Waiting has more than enough snarky insight (and laughs) to balance its numerous and often unnecessary trips to the potty
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Looking like a high school drama project made for a couple of twenties over a long weekend, Waiting is labored and rarely funny.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
a product that has been spit on, stepped on, dragged across the floor, dipped in the toilet, and laced with public hair... and then served hot, for $10.50 a ticket.
Blake French - Filmcritic.com
Waiting is a completely juvenile, ridiculous movie filled with frat boy humor that just happens to be very funny.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
Ostentatiously and unremittingly tasteless. Unfortunately, in this case at least, that does not equate with hilarious...You can't wait for the movie to end.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion