Welcome to the Rileys

Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 28, 2010
    30
    This dreary drama telegraphs every punch, emotion and plot point with a dedication that would have done the old Western Union proud.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Oct 24, 2010
    30
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 11, 2010
    12
    "Welcome to the Rileys"? Thanks, but no thanks.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Oct 29, 2010
    10
    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 isAfter 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.
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  2. Jul 14, 2014
    9
    I really didn't expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. Performances were incredible from the three main actors (apart from a slightlyI really didn't expect to enjoy this film as much as I did. Performances were incredible from the three main actors (apart from a slightly uneven accent). Full Review »
  3. Nov 26, 2012
    10
    I completely fell in love with this. And, even though it is generally well received, I am truly astonished that it has gotten even aI completely fell in love with this. And, even though it is generally well received, I am truly astonished that it has gotten even a noticeable amount of lackluster reviews. I do not see what is not to like. All three of the main actors/actresses are real all the way down to the marrow, the story unfolds very smoothly with all of the passion, humor and soulfulness that one may find in real life, and what I really adore about Welcome to the Riley's is that at no point did I feel as though I was being told a tale. It wasn't like watching a movie. It was more like watching a documentary. Because everything from the smallest facial expressions, to the most insignificant gestures is just saturated with texture and emotion. It's the quick and thoughtless remarks that the characters make, and the angles of certain glimpses of camera work that allow us, the audience, to understand what is really going on underneath all of the outward doings and occurrences. I was invested, I was interested, I was engaged and I cared about everything that was happening in this fictional world that died in two hours. Aspiring filmmakers, take notes. This is how you make something memorable and evocative. Truly touching. Moving in more ways than one. And even though nothing really sad happens during the course of the film...I almost found my self crying from the sheer humanity. Brilliant. Wonderful. Special. Full Review »