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April 4, 2011
It's not horrible. It's just directed and written with a heavy hand and a sensibility that could use a lot more restraint.
February 4, 2011
...a consistently watchable piece of work that benefits substantially from its stellar performances...
December 11, 2010
Surprising twists lead the story in unexpected directions. The actors get credit for making you care about these characters. The audience develops a temporary bond during the 110-minute running time.
December 10, 2010
The film works because its stars make up a trifecta of terrific performers who overcome the clichs inherent in their characters.
December 10, 2010
...an uncompromising movie about the compromises people sometimes have to make in order to save themselves - and others. It's about doing what's necessary and right, instead of what's moral.
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 3, 2010
An underwritten bit of skeezy morosity disguised as a heartwarming family drama.
December 3, 2010
He may not have hit a homerun on his first Sundance at-bat, but debut feature director Jake Scott is savvy enough to get on base.
December 2, 2010
"Rileys" isn't believable for a second, but it's often watchable, thanks to its hardworking cast.
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.
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.
December 2, 2010
The story sounds ridiculous -- hokey, even. But James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo and Kristen Stewart inhabit their roles with such an unstudied validity that we don't for a moment think of them as movie characters behaving for the camera.
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 23, 2010
Tries to turn an inherently melodramatic tale into a serious study of middle-class grief, but doesn't succeed despite the acting talent on hand.
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.
November 18, 2010
It's surprising in the lovely notes it consistently hits, and the simmering sweetness it achieves, despite the dark, seedy framework propping it up
November 12, 2010
The welcome mat on this film is very soggy indeed.
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 11, 2010
Gandolfini is admirably low key, but Stewart seems stuck in the same sneering, pouty mode she's practically trademarked.
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