Welcome to the Rileys Reviews

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November 19, 2011
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 17, 2011
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 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.
December 8, 2010
"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 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.
November 24, 2010
"Welcome to the Rileys"? Thanks, but no thanks.
November 24, 2010
Welcome to the Rileys is a reminder that good, or at least intriguing, things can come in what seem to be predictable packages.
November 12, 2010
Terrific acting by James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo -- and a noble effort from Kristen Stewart -- goes a long way toward salvaging it.
November 1, 2010
Doug's mission -- to reclaim Mallory's innocence and his own fatherhood -- is too deranged for the squeaky-clean treatment it receives here.
October 29, 2010
The kind of movie performers often hail as a "labor of love." And audiences just find labored.
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.
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.
October 29, 2010
Audiences tend to avoid Kristen Stewart's non-Twilight movies like vampires fleeing daylight. Believe me, it's their loss.
October 29, 2010
Sorrow suffuses "Welcome to the Rileys," if somewhat uneasily.
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.
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.
October 28, 2010
Like a quiet conversation about despair and hope.
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.
October 28, 2010
Scott has the good sense not to bring everything to a neat conclusion. After all, this is really the Rileys' movie, and one about rebirth and letting go of demons.
October 28, 2010
Welcome To The Rileys is way too humorless for a film in which Stewart repeatedly refers to her genitals as her "cooter."
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