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  • Summary: Welcome to the Rileys is a powerful drama about finding hope in the most unusual of places. Once a happily married and loving couple, Doug and Lois Riley have grown apart since losing their teenage daughter eight years prior. Leaving his agoraphobic wife behind to go on a business trip to New Orleans, Doug meets a 17-year-old runaway and the two form a platonic bond. For Lois and Doug, what initially appears to be the final straw that will derail their relationship, turns out to be the inspiration they need to renew their marriage. (Samuel Goldwyn Films) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Dec 11, 2010
    Stewart's intense, courageous performance as a 16-year-old New Orleans prostitute is really something special.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Dec 11, 2010
    Without the fantastic performances from Gandolfini, Stewart and Leo, it wouldn't hold together nearly as well as it does.
  3. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Dec 7, 2010
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    Oct 26, 2010
    Try as Stewart might, she can't turn this Manic Trixie Nightmare Girl into a real person.
  5. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Dec 7, 2010
    Flat and predictable.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 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.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 11, 2010
    "Welcome to the Rileys"? Thanks, but no thanks.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Oct 29, 2010
    This is a beautiful and heartbreaking film and love and loss and discovery. The performance given by Stewart, Gandolfini and Leo are so true and honest. This is one of those films that stays with you, lives with you. After almost a year, it's still with me and I have a feeling always will. Expand
  2. Oct 29, 2010
    please bring welcome to the rileys to minneapolis. i need to see this movie before i die of impatience. please please please. please please please please come to minneapolis. please please please please. i cant wait please please please. come on come to minneapolis. please please please. please. Expand
  3. Oct 29, 2010
    After hearing about this movie on Twitter for about a year, it finally opened in NY and I got my chance to see it. I can safely say there is not an once of Bella Swan in Kristen Stuwert's performance. Her character Mollary is dirty, broken and gritty. Stewert brings us along for the ride fearlessly. James Gandolfini brings new life to himself with a midwestern dialect and a very kind but damaged soul and makes you forget all about Tony Saprano from the door. However, the standout performance was Michelle Leo. Her evolution with this character is Oscar worthy and leaves nothing but the need to root for her.
    Director Jake Scott seems to take special pains not to exploit the Mollary character by using shodowing and artistic camera angles in which the audience gets the idea without the gratuitous cheap shots lesser directors must've used to cheapen the story.
    All in all, if you love really good strong movies with heart and soul this movie is a must see . If your looking for Twilight...wait till next year.
  4. Oct 29, 2010
    Its a must see little Indie movie with amazing performances from James, Melissa and Kristen who at times steals the screen with her raw no holds barred acting, old school actors even though Kristen is young in age her performance is extremely mature. Hollywood needs to embrace this great trio. Solid movie with standout performance for me by Kristen. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2010
    WTTR was the best Kristen Stewart movie I have seen yet. She was brilliant, you wouldn't even know her past, you'd think she was just a pro. Her ability to become this character in all sense of the word really confirmed the adoration I had for her and her skills in acting. I pray for her to just grow and become even better as a actress, person and woman. She has so much to offer and since she was able to be versatile and transcend her BELLA stereotype people place her in, its amazing to see how brilliant she is. James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo did such a phenomenal job in this movie. I really forgot all the other movies I've seen them in and saw them embody their characters just like Kristen. It was so believable that I forgot they were actresses and actors.
    They have inspired me tremendously. They show you that you should never give up but keep pressing on from the simple fact that this movie has defined their excellence. THEY ARE EXCELLENT. And not to mention, or ever forget, the producing staff. I have to give special praise for Giovanni Agnelli and his ability to pull this off. He has been promoting this movie every single day on twitter. He has such a huge following for his work ethic, personality, and pure talent alone from interacting with his fans. Majority of us are Kristen Stewart fans but we loved every minute of this film. It made us cry, snort, laugh, giggle, cry, gasp and just weep from within. This movie touched all of our lives. It is the truth for some people out there, stripping is a way of living for some woman. It is a sad realization and I appreciate that this movie doesn't dummy down the reality to Mallory's situation. James Gandolfini's part just lifted my heart to a whole new level. It was almost like he was the hero that came and tried to save Mallory. He wanted to love her and be there in any way he could. His ethics of showing her how to be better and reach for greater things was beautiful. It reminds me of Gods love. The entire movie was just raw, real, inspirational and contagious. I just wanted to share this movie with everyone I knew. Even though it rendered me speechless for a few minutes.
    The detail and eloquence to the scenes was another thing. You felt like you were in every scene of this movie. You sat forward when things got serious and you stayed quiet when the climax was getting very serious. I found myself getting worried for each and every character. They connected with me and on some level I feel like a piece of me was left in that theater, to forever be changed by this movie.
    To every person, moment, dollar and thought put into this movie, it really did come to like and I am thankful. There isnt any other movie like this, done the same unique way and that will touch as many hearts as this one. We want this movie worldwide. We even have Facebook groups for almost every country in the world to get this movie there so fans, majority of Kristen Stewart, get to see it (not limiting to her amazing talent) It wouldnt be fare not to say, how much Kristen makes me secure in my own skin, empowers me and inspires me. I pray for her wellbeing because I honestly want to see every single movie, interview and photo shoot she is going to be apart of. She is wholesome and so real. She doesnt try to be bubbly or Hollywood. She is comfortable being herself and I love that about her. I admire her honesty, she doesnt hide her flaws or her perfections. I cant get enough of her talent and I really hope people can see past what the tabloids try to exploit her as. She is a human being and a very talented young woman. I havent seen anyone as talented as her at her age and in this era. She is our modern Meryl strep. It doesnt get any better than her. And she is still in the beginning of her craft, she is going to drop jaws and really show the world who she is. Just be open to her and find your own opinion of her, not what others say.
    So please everyone go out and see this movie because you will not see another movie like it. I am changed from it, I am blessed by it, and I am so grateful that I can see a character as lost and disturbed as Mallory overcome the obstacles. The movie proved there is more out there for us, a higher meaning because someone as troubled as Mallory can still have great people come into her life. The same goes for us so keep hope and use movies like this to build up your self esteem and be grateful for what you truly have in life. Things can always be worse, remember that.
    LOVE THIS MOVIE & I would recommend it to every single person I know. This independent film has set the tone for all the rest, they need to live up to this standard now. This is the absolute best independent film I have ever seen and I hope that others get to see it and make their own conclusion, but I am positive that if they just SEE it, they will fall in love with the characters and be moved for years to come. See it, embrace it, learn from it and then go out and share it with others
  6. Jul 12, 2012
    WOW. Critics are so quick to under rate this movie. I was genuinely moved by all three characters, due to the acting, it was extremely well done, especially for an indie, James really plays his character well, I was surprised with his phenomenal performance, and Kristen was very good, stepping out off her stereotypical role as Bella, I'm sick off people saying she cannot act, how can you judge an actress if you've only seen the twilight movies, she really stepped up to the mark. Melissa, James and Kristen had perfect chemistry on screen. The only thing I disliked was the lack of closure at the end, but it was enough to keep me happy, I just wanted a bit more, even five minutes would've made more sense, but overall, the film was amazing, a must see...Soo under rated. Expand
  7. Oct 30, 2010
    The two points are standing for Melissa and James because they're the only good things about the movie. The script wasn't authentic or natural like other people said. It was more a gimmick wrote by a screenwriter who thinks that the world works that way.
    And the other worse thing was Kristen Stewart. I couldn't take her seriously as a stripper. The way she was trying to be like crude like a real stripper was VERY laughable and then those annoying pauses or jumps she does between sentences in every movie and also in real life were horrible. Her general tics which she has in every movie also show constantly.

    Normally I would be perplexed why the User Score is so high but I have already read some tweets of her fans who said that they're all gonna give 10 points to get more viewers into the cinema because they're scared that Kristen will have another flop in her movie career. (2.0)

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