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Welcome to Collinwood (2002)



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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Art Oughton
as Corrections Officer
John Buck Jr.
as Old Man in Prison
Annie Kitral
as Nun No. 1
Lissy Gulick
as Nun No. 2
Dorothy Silver
as Nun No. 3
Maryanne Nagel
as Mrs. Antwerp
Don Kost
as Beddo
June Lang
as Old Purse Woman
Basil M. Russo
as Funeral Home Director
Angela Russo
as Arguing Woman
Wayne S. Turney
as Arguing Man
Rohn Thomas
as Janitor
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Critic Reviews for Welcome to Collinwood

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (18)

Enjoyably dumb, sweet, and intermittently hilarious -- if you've a taste for the quirky, steal a glimpse.

February 18, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

October 18, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

October 18, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This ensemble comedy has its inventively funny moments. But ultimately, it gets a little too cute for its own good.

October 17, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

It plays like someone took a chomp out of the third act.

October 17, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Yet another self-consciously overwritten story about a rag-tag bunch of would-be characters that team up for a can't-miss heist -- only to have it all go wrong.

October 7, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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

Super Reviewer

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

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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