Welcome to Collinwood

2002

Welcome to Collinwood (2002)

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Critic Consensus: Contains some funny moments, but it's still a very lightweight comedy.

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A group of likable losers try to pull of what by their standards seems like a major heist in this offbeat crime comedy, loosely based on the classic Italian caper comedy I Soliti Ignoti. A group of sad sacks living in a rundown neighborhood in Cleveland all have one thing in common -- they need money, and aren't especially fussy about how they get it. Riley (William H. Macy) is a guy whose wife has been sent to jail, leaving him to look after their baby, when she's unable to pay a fine. Pero (Sam Rockwell) is in love with a beautiful girl (Jennifer Esposito) who has a roving eye, and he's convinced that a bigger bankroll would help him win her heart. Leon (Isaiah Washington) is a hipster who wants to keep his sister, Michelle (Gabrielle Union), out of trouble. Basil (Andrew Davoli) is a guy with bad luck, and eyes for Michelle. And Toto (Michael Jeter) is a small-time crook looking for something to do -- if it's profitable, all the better. Someone gets the bright idea that a robbery might be the answer to everyone's problems, and with the help of Jerzy (George Clooney), a safe-cracker confined to a wheelchair, they set out to find the right target. Welcome to Collinwood was the first feature film from the writing and directing team of Anthony Russo and Joe Russo; filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and co-star George Clooney served as producers.

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Critic Reviews for Welcome to Collinwood

All Critics (67) | Top Critics (24)

It doesn't quite work, but there's enough here to make us look forward to the Russos' next offering.

Oct 18, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4

Collinwood seems like a series of sketches, with caricatures instead of characters.

Oct 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The picture runs a mere 84 minutes, but it's no glance. It's a head-turner -- thoughtfully written, beautifully read and, finally, deeply humanizing.

Oct 18, 2002 | Rating: 4/4

The actual heist is the high point, just as in the Italian film, and so raffish and disorganized was the gang that I can see how someone might enjoy this movie, coming to it for the first time.

Oct 18, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

An infectious caper flick.

Oct 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4

Self-consciously quirky and straining for idiosyncrasy, Welcome to Collinwood is a passable ensemble comedy that never hits its stride.

Oct 18, 2002

Audience Reviews for Welcome to Collinwood

Entertaining and funny, Welcome to Collinwood is a nice film to watch, but certainly is very weak and poor; what make the original Italian classic comedy "I Soliti Ignoti" much more better.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

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Funny. Screwball kind of movie. Well done. William H. Macy is fantastic, as usual.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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½

A gang of down at heel petty crooks inherit what they think is a perfect crime but in execution, things do not go as smoothly as they'd hoped. A kind of Ocean's Eleven for losers, Welcome To Collinwood is a comic heist film that smacks of trying way too hard. I was not surprised to learn it was a remake of a European film because of the broad slapstick and forced wackiness of the whole idea (Jerry Lewis is still one of the most popular comic actors on mainland Europe. Draw your own conclusions...) The cast are all OK and there is little here that offends, but the Clouseau-esque heist is typical of the tone of the whole film; ridiculous coincidences, surreal situations, heavy handed farce and slapstick that plays wholeheartedly for the cheap seats. It's not awful, but with the talent involved I expected a whole lot more.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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What a freak show of nut cases...

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

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