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Based on 29 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 3 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

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

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

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

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 30
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

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

  • 50
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Flat and predictable. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 50
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The movie never overcomes the triteness of its premise. show more

  • 70
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    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. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

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

  • February 23, 2011 steve B
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    This is a great film! I really didn't know anything about it before renting it on DVD and was blown away by it. The cast is excellent and Stewart is surprisingly good as the teenage runaway. What gets me is that I looked at some of the reviews of it on Rotten Tomatoes and nearly all of them were negative. They didn't like this or they didn't like that and some even criticized Stewart's performance as shallow which I thought was anything but. Powerful would be more how I would describe it. Very often I have seen great films such as this one which the critics didn't seem to like at all.and yet will praise a film I didn't particularly like. Moral of the story is "don't pay attention to film reviews." Another film which I thought was brilliant and got almost unanimously panned by critics was "Little Ashes." The dramatization of the lives of Salvador Dali and Garcia Lorca. The critics would try to put you off this film as well but don't pay attention and judge it for yourself. It seems to me that some critics don't like serious and intelligent dramas which have something to say. "Welcome to the Rileys" is one helluva good film. My advice is "dont miss it!"

  • February 10, 2011 Hello Natalie
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    Very powerful story. Having a family member who was a runaway it speaks to me on many levels. Movie was well casted... Smart move to put KStew in there to help sell the movie more than it would have without her.

  • February 08, 2011 chiefkempster
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    A very good and touching movie.

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