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Welcome to the Rileys Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 29, 2010
Ms. Leo finds a way to be affecting in spite of it all. It's as if her later scenes had been lifted from another movie. An enjoyable one.
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 24, 2010
# A compendium of bad ideas and worse filmmaking, Jake (son of Ridley) Scott's Welcome to the Rileys is forever peddling its psychologically reductive message until, at the end, it fairly screams it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David D'Arcy
Screen International
January 25, 2010
Welcome To The Rileys has its heart in the right place, but the drama falters as it tends towards the solemnly earnest.
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
November 19, 2010
Produced under the Scott Free banner (Ridley and Tony Scott, producers), it's surprising that such Hollywood heavyweights would choose a script that's so woefully bare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 31, 2010
A character-driven drama that too often and bores you with its sluggish pace and poor editing. James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo anchor the film in raw, well-nuanced performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.01/10
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
November 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
October 26, 2010
Jake Scott's Welcome to the Rileys is so underwritten that, despite a more energetic performance, Stewart makes much less of an impression.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
October 29, 2010
If Welcome to the Rileys were a thicker-skinned movie -- if it were the movie it thinks it is -- so much of the outcome wouldn't be telegraphed the minute you read the premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
December 3, 2010
An underwritten bit of skeezy morosity disguised as a heartwarming family drama.
Brian Orndorf
December 2, 2010
The performances find the ideal tone of closure, leaving the future relationship between these three more intriguing than anything established in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
November 19, 2011
Gandolfini's bashful, bear-like Doug is endearing but most of this earnest film just doesn't ring true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 28, 2010
Stewart's idea of inhabiting this part seems to be to scowl a lot and let her hair go unwashed. The Twilight star doesn't have the depth or emotional agility to go toe-to-toe with Gandolfini and Leo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
November 17, 2011
The dialogue and ponderous drama got lost even before the camera rolled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
November 15, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Erik Childress
February 5, 2010
Thanks to an earnest performance by James Gandolfini anchoring it, we can almost forget the weight of Kristen Stewart dragging it down with every hair flip and tug.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 27, 2010
The overload of soapsuds (and the production's excessive attention to on-location squalor) at times overwhelms the earnest performances of the three very good lead actors...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 28, 2010
The story line invites such horselaughs that writer Ken Hixon and director Jake Scott handle it too gingerly, as if at the end of tongs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 28, 2010
The actors and admirably sensitive director Jake Scott (son of Ridley) can't compensate for Ken Hixon's long slog of a script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 29, 2010
The kind of movie performers often hail as a "labor of love." And audiences just find labored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 2, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
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