Welcome to Collinwood

2002

Welcome to Collinwood

Critics Consensus

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

55%

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Total Count: 67

56%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 7,464
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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 (27)

  • Welcome to Collinwood has an eccentric, humorous beat and such beautiful characterisation that, even at a brisk 83 minutes, you end up caring about the characters even as you accept that their every effort is doomed to failure.

    Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The mugging is heavy-duty stuff; but its aimless geniality ultimately wins one over.

    May 4, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Enjoyably dumb, sweet, and intermittently hilarious -- if you've a taste for the quirky, steal a glimpse.

    Feb 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • 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

Audience Reviews for Welcome to Collinwood

  • Mar 17, 2012
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2011
    Interesting ensemble film. Reminded me of "The Ladykillers."
    Sean G Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2010
    Funny. Screwball kind of movie. Well done. William H. Macy is fantastic, as usual.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2009
    I just rented this movie cauz it had Michael Jeter in it & I didnt like it at 1st but after I watched it a 2nd time I started to really enjoy it
    Brody M Super Reviewer

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