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Welcome to the Rileys (2010)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 78
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 35

Despite earnest performances, Welcome to the Rileys cannot escape its belabored over-sentimentality and sluggish delivery.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 17

Despite earnest performances, Welcome to the Rileys cannot escape its belabored over-sentimentality and sluggish delivery.



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WELCOME TO THE RILEYS is a powerful drama about finding hope in the most unusual of places. Once a happily married and loving couple, Doug and Lois Riley (James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo) have grown apart since losing their teenage daughter eight years prior. Leaving his agoraphobic wife behind to go on a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets a 17-year-old runaway (Kristen Stewart) and the two form a platonic bond. For Lois and Doug, what initially appears to be the final straw that will



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Stewart lets it all hang out in a firecracker role but her damaged character never achieves the depth the weak material could have done with.

November 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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"Welcome to the Rileys" sets out to be a study of grief and how to overcome it, but it rings too false to offer much hope - or entertainment.

December 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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It's as if Tony Soprano and Bella Swan had landed the two leads in somebody's amateur theater company, and this is what the lucky audience gets.

December 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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"Welcome to the Rileys"? Thanks, but no thanks.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Welcome to the Rileys is a reminder that good, or at least intriguing, things can come in what seem to be predictable packages.

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Terrific acting by James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo -- and a noble effort from Kristen Stewart -- goes a long way toward salvaging it.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Plenty of authentic laughs and great supporting performances make Welcome to the Rileys a decent film.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Kristen Stewart ever runs out of "Snow White" sequels, this is what her post "Twilight" career should look like.

January 17, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

For every moment of raw self-destruction there is an equally charming resolution.

October 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

[It] will win no prizes for originality, but it benefits greatly from the subtle performances of the two leads, particularly Leo...

November 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It's a preposterous story, yet for part of its duration at least, Gandolfini as the slouching, baggily dressed Doug and Leo as the reawakened wife manage to make it rather touching.

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

If it could be too slow-burning for some, it is at least a refreshing change from a pattern of film-making that never gives you a moment's rest because there is nothing under the surface.

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It's downbeat and has little to say about the grieving process, and while Gandolfini and Leo are memorable, Stewart is not.

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Gandolfini's bashful, bear-like Doug is endearing but most of this earnest film just doesn't ring true.

November 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

It's a well-made film, and New Orleans is crisply and interestingly shot by cinematographer Christopher Soos, but this ultimately looks like a TV movie dressed up for the big screen.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Despite its indie sensibilities, under the surface it's a pure Hollywood heart that beats here.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Stewart's strung-out, frowzy performance is a timely reminder that the girl can act, but despite strong work from all three leads, the facile screenplay runs out of things to say fairly quickly.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Comment (1)
Daily Telegraph

The dialogue and ponderous drama got lost even before the camera rolled.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Observant writing and direction make this exploration of grief surprisingly uplifting.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Quietly assured and superbly written, this is an emotionally engaging drama with a trio of terrific performances from James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart and Melissa Leo.

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Movingly written and exquisitely played by the three leads, this never gets bogged down in sentiment or lazily opts for easy answers.

November 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

It's not horrible. It's just directed and written with a heavy hand and a sensibility that could use a lot more restraint.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

...a consistently watchable piece of work that benefits substantially from its stellar performances...

February 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Surprising twists lead the story in unexpected directions. The actors get credit for making you care about these characters. The audience develops a temporary bond during the 110-minute running time.

December 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

The film works because its stars make up a trifecta of terrific performers who overcome the clichés inherent in their characters.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Audience Reviews for Welcome to the Rileys

There's a lot of drams that are made to be "award bait". Which means, it will get a lot of nominations, which will increase it's visibility and make money. But, there are a lot of movies made for that reason, that don't come out right and end up getting no awards and making no money. "Welcome to the Rileys" is one of those flicks. It stars James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo as a middle aged married couple who have grown apart. Doug(Gandolfini) has a business trip to New Orleans, and while there he meets a 17 year old stripper(Kristen Stewart). He doesn't want a relationship with her or sex, he just wants to help her the way a father would help a daughter. Lois(Leo) is agoraphobic but finds the will to come to New Orleans to be with Doug. From there conflicts with Stewart and some secrets come out. The performances are all just ok. Gandolfini is the best, but he just seems to be going through the motions. Stewart does the exact same thing here as all her movies. Lip biting, playing with her hair, and pouting. She has that all down pat. The movie drags and doesn't really give much of a conclusion. Worth a watch? I a copy for free, and I'd say that would be the only reason to watch it. I'm sure there are some people who like this, but it didn't work for me at all really.
December 1, 2012
Everett Johnson

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Welcome to the Rileys.

Good movie! Welcome to the Riley's was a very interesting little American indie film. The movie is a little clichéd and sugarcoated but there's also a lot of dark and ugly notes in the film as well and it manages to strike an even balance. The acting and directing is decent enough that the setup seems believable and you really learn to care for the characters. Gandolfini is good and lovable like always and Leo turns in another impressive performance and continues to show her range. It's Stewart that really shines in the film though and silences her critics by continuing to broaden her range as well. The film is emotional and rewarding to a certain extent. Nothing too powerful or memorable but a nice little indie drama that gives some good actors some nice material to play around with. Worth seeing if you're into that sort of thing.

Something's wrong at the Rileys. Married nearly 30 years, Doug and Lois rarely talk. She doesn't leave their Indianapolis home, and she's ordered a gravestone with their names and birth years on it. He has a long-time Thursday night mistress whom he invites to go with him to a plumbing supply conference in New Orleans. Once there, Doug calls Lois to say he's staying for a while. What's he leaving behind and what's he looking for in New Orleans? And Lois, can she break out?
October 27, 2012
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A middle-aged man, still mourning the death of his daughter, flees his Indiana life to care for a damaged young prostitute.
I'm sorry to say this, but I can't think of a better way to evaluate Kristen Stewart: she just shouldn't act; she should wait tables or answer phones in an office. When she plays Bella or Snow White, I complain that her face is dead and that there's no energy behind her acting. Now, she plays a manic prostitute, a character who requires energy and life, but she's just horrid. I agree with Super Reviewer Alice Shen who says, "her speech, especially the cursing is pretty self-conscious. She only half-says 'cooter,' 'pussy,' 'fuck.'" Absolutely. And this self-consciousness permeates the rest of Stewart's performance.
The film is saved by James Gandolfini who gives one of the best performances of his career. His vulnerability is a trait Stewart could learn from. He creates a real, touching character, and it's a joy to watch Melissa Leo, who is also quite good, play off Gandolfini.
I like the story as well. It's not the tired "man saved by a good woman" trope that was overplayed long before I was born; rather, it's a man trying to save a bad woman in order to save himself. The film portrays middle-class America as both a hell from which Doug can't escape, but it's also what he tries to recreate with Mallory; I think many people who live in suburbia can identify with that contradiction.
Overall, I hope that someone can stop Kristen Stewart from making movies, but this film was nevertheless worth making.
October 11, 2012
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Well done. Good cast. Slow paced. I think that I would have preferred a more concrete ending, however. I do get how they all lived a lot more "well-adjusted" ever after, though. I guess I wanted more than just that. I have a teenage daughter. Maybe that made me see this movie differently...
October 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Doug Riley: Are you alright?
    2. Mallory: Mmm. Yeah. I just can't stand on the street without the cops comin' by me like I'm a fuckin' crackwhore.
    3. Doug Riley: What happened?
    4. Mallory: I came here with this guy and, uh, he kept tryin' to stick it up my fuckin' ass. And I was like 'You pencil dick, back the fuck up', and he wouldn't. I went to piss and I came back out, my wallet is sittin' on the bed, and all my shit is everywhere, and his car is gone, and all I got his fuckin' shoes. And like... I'm out nine hundred bucks.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (13 months ago)
    1. Mallory: What's your problem?
    2. Doug Riley: I guess I'm just not used to bein' around young women who talk about their private parts.
    3. Mallory: Like hello! Like I have private parts!
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (13 months ago)
    1. Mallory: Hey, you know me and Doug, we don't fool around or anything like that. I'm just sayin' that I mean nothin' like that.
    2. Lois Riley: I believe you
    3. Mallory: Because, I mean, he's completely old school. It's crazy.
    4. Lois Riley: I believe you.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (13 months ago)
    1. Mallory: Hey you know me and Doug, we don't fool around or anything like that. I'm just saying I mean nothing like that.
    2. Lois Riley: I believe you.
    3. Mallory: Because, I mean, he's completely old school. It's crazy.
    4. Lois Riley: I believe you.
    – Submitted by Patricia I (2 years ago)
    1. Mallory: What's your problem?
    2. Doug Riley: I guess I'm just not used to being around young women who talk about their private parts.
    3. Mallory: [laughs] Like hello! Like I have private parts!
    – Submitted by Patricia I (2 years ago)
    1. Lois Riley: You can leave me if you have to, but I will never leave you.
    – Submitted by Jillian L (2 years ago)
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