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Welcome to the Rileys
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 (James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo) 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 (Kristen Stewart) 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. -- (C)… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"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."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
""Welcome to the Rileys"? Thanks, but no thanks."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"Plenty of authentic laughs and great supporting performances make Welcome to the Rileys a decent film."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"[It] will win no prizes for originality, but it benefits greatly from the subtle performances of the two leads, particularly Leo..."
‑ Jeremy Aspinall, Radio Times
"It's downbeat and has little to say about the grieving process, and while Gandolfini and Leo are memorable, Stewart is not."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
""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."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Welcome to the Rileys is a reminder that good, or at least intriguing, things can come in what seem to be predictable packages."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"Kristen Stewart ever runs out of "Snow White" sequels, this is what her post "Twilight" career should look like."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"It's a preposterous story, yet for part of its duration at least, Gandolfini as the slouching, baggily dressed Doug and Leo as the reawakened wife manage to make it rather touching."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Gandolfini's bashful, bear-like Doug is endearing but most of this earnest film just doesn't ring true."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Terrific acting by James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo -- and a noble effort from Kristen Stewart -- goes a long way toward salvaging it."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"For every moment of raw self-destruction there is an equally charming resolution."
‑ Ben Kendrick, ScreenRant
"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."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"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."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
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