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Mystic Pizza Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    Beyond some well-observed sibling interaction, the mutual effort of four writers is mutually uninspired. Whoever wrote the episodes between hot-to-trot Jojo (Taylor) and her balky boyfriend Bill (D'Onofrio) should be ashamed. [21 Oct 1988]

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    It's meant to be open, heartwarming and real, but beneath its often attractively performed surface, the clichés are grinding as heavily as in any ''Rambo'' picture [21 Oct 1988]

  • 80

    out of 100

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Though in essence this is little more than a girls' romance novel brought to life, it has been filled with heart and humor. The place, the people and even the largely predictable situations in which they find themselves are presented in an entirely winning way. [21 Oct 1988]

  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The characters are allowed to be smart, to react in unexpected ways, and to be more concerned with doing the right thing than with doing the expedient or even the lustful thing.

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  • 90

    out of 100


    Genuine and moving... Script is remarkably mature in its dealings with teens.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Charming coming-of-age film infused with romance.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film deals with adult subject matter –- sexuality, economic class issues, and infidelity. There are strong messages here about the importance of friendship and family -- and of staying true to one's self.

  • Families can talk about what kind of things make you feel embarrassed about your family -- and what do you love about it? Why are roots important? What role does social class play in society? How does it determine your friendships and other relationships?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

  • sex false3

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: The tourist board of Mystic Connecticut and the real Mystic Pizza shop that still exists today surely benefited by this.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Alcohol use, but not abuse.