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Welcome to the Rileys


Years after their teenage daughter’s death, Lois and Doug Riley, an upstanding Indiana couple, are frozen by estranging grief. Doug escapes to New Orleans on a business trip. Compelled by urgencies he doesn’t understand, he insinuates himself into the life of an underage hooker, becoming her platonic guardian.

Actors: Ally Sheedy , Joe Chrest , Melissa Leo , James Gandolfini , Kristen Stewart , Sharon Landry , Peggy Walton-Walker , Lance E. Nichols , Eisa Davis , Tiffany Coty
Directors: Jake Scott
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2011-11-18
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  • Lou Lumenick

    Stewart's intense, courageous performance as a 16-year-old New Orleans prostitute is really something special.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    There are many things to admire about this movie, but the main one is that it doesn't compromise.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The pleasures of Welcome to the Rileys are in the simplest human message of all. Take an interest in somebody who needs help and the life you save may be your own.

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Without the fantastic performances from Gandolfini, Stewart and Leo, it wouldn't hold together nearly as well as it does.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    These are all people you feel you've met before in other movies, if not all at once. But the movie's saving grace is that they don't always behave as you expect them to.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    A flawed script prevents Welcome to the Rileys from being the effective meditation on grief and healing it wants to be.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The hero's psychological transference is so blatant that even the characters begin commenting on it after a while, yet this modest three-hander is capably acted and genuinely touching.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    A creaky, sometimes forced drama that burrows under your skin if you let it, Welcome to the Rileys lurches along like Lois' car as she tries to exit her garage for the first time in years.

    NPR Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Only two-thirds of this unlikely trio comes close to capturing the complexity of anguish and pain.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Richard Mowe

    The film wears its heart on its sleeve, but the drama falters when the tone grows over-earnest; additionally, Scott's direction fails to exert a tight grasp on his material.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Ken Hixon's script contrives a lot of mutual-healing set pieces and then sadly but shrewdly aborts them: That makes the drama more Chekhovian than "quite real."

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Rileys has been casually dubbed "Kristen Stewart's stripper movie," but the handle doesn't stick: Stewart may wear skimpy clothes and grind once or twice from the neck down, but from the neck up she's all hollow, bruised eyes, twisted little mouth, and classic, coltish K-Stew rebellion.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Sets out to be a study of grief and how to overcome it, but it rings too false to offer much hope - or entertainment.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Leo, in particular, seems poleaxed with good intentions. Her Lois wins the Most Understanding Wife award.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Flat and predictable.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    What keeps the film's fragile realism intact are actors who can make even small moments count.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Fortunately Stewart seems to thrive in water over her head, and when she pulls Gandolfini in with her the movie gels. It makes you wish the filmmaker had left them in the deep end longer.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The actors and admirably sensitive director Jake Scott (son of Ridley) can't compensate for Ken Hixon's long slog of a script.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    All three actors come at this gloomy, borderline-preposterous tale from different directions; that they meet up at all - and they do - is a tribute to sincerity and craft.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Despite its good intentions, this earnest little film seems embalmed.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    Try as Stewart might, she can't turn this Manic Trixie Nightmare Girl into a real person.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie never overcomes the triteness of its premise.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    The bluntness wouldn't be so oppressive if the film weren't so austere and glacially paced: Welcome To The Rileys is way too humorless.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Simon Kinnear

    Handicapped by its paper-thin premise, even a strong cast can’t lift Jake ‘son of Ridley’ Scott’s film out of indie-by-numbers mediocrity.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    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.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Terrific performances can't save this preposterous film from itself, but they do make it more bearable to watch.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • David Fear

    Only Leo, always a dependable supporting actor, turns her character into something resembling a three-dimensional person. Watching her tentatively reconnect with her maternal instincts is a welcome surprise. Everything else here just feels like another descent into mediocre Amerindie miserablism.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This dreary drama telegraphs every punch, emotion and plot point with a dedication that would have done the old Western Union proud.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Nothing short of preposterous, Jake Scott's film imagines a grieving couple (James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo) who play surrogate parents to an underage stripper ("Twilight's" Kristen Stewart) and spins it for the "Blind Side" crowd.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    "Welcome to the Rileys"? Thanks, but no thanks.

    Washington Post Full Review
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