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Welcome to the Rileys

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Jake Scott

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About the Movie

A powerful drama about finding hope in the most unusual of places. Once a happily married and loving couple, Doug and Lois Riley (Gandolfini and 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 16-year-old runaway (Stewart) and the two form a platonic, familial 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 81
  • Fresh: 44
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Sorrow suffuses "Welcome to the Rileys," if somewhat uneasily. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Oct 29, 2010

Rotten: The actors and admirably sensitive director Jake Scott (son of Ridley) can't compensate for Ken Hixon's long slog of a script. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Oct 28, 2010

Rotten: Stewart's idea of inhabiting this part seems to be to scowl a lot and let her hair go unwashed. The Twilight star doesn't have the depth or emotional agility to go toe-to-toe with Gandolfini and Leo. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Oct 28, 2010

Fresh: Like a quiet conversation about despair and hope. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Oct 28, 2010

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Customer Reviews

lovely, bittersweet gem

I saw this in the theaters back in fall, and was dragged along with a guy friend who just wanted to see Kristen Stewart strip(which will explain my LACK of enthusiasm for accompanying him). What he failed to mention was that the movie also starred Melissa Leo, who is one of the most compelling actresses out there today, and JAmes Gandolfini, who can break your heart without uttering a word. And what me and my friend both discovered is that away from those Twilight films, Kristen Stewart can be positively fearless when given a role with some meat on it. She's raw, almost feral here, and her moments with Gandolfini are just gorgeous. This isn't a "BIG" film, it's quiet and doesn't attempt to solve the world's problems in two hours. But it's a lovely piece of storytelling, thanks to three actors who take a story that seems all too cliched( redemption by hooker) and turn it into something unpredictable and heartbreaking.

Bittersweet tale

This movie was really great. It's not what you expect. Kristen's performance blew me away. More people need to see this, and recognize that she is an amazing actress. You can tell she put her heart into this role, it shows. It is her best performance yet, I forgot it was her until the end of the movie. Melissa Leo's character is such a fragile sweet heart, and James does well at his part. The whole movie had such a great vibe to it, it had a mix of laughter, joy, and sadness. I also loved the setting- New Orleans. I recommend this film to anyone, even if you're under 17.


I absolutely loved this movie! I thought it would be a lot more predictable then it was, so that was a pleasant surprise. Kristen Stewart's performance was amazing, and Melissa Leo made me want to cry everytime she was onscreen. This was definitely one of the best movies that Kristen has been in so far, and I can't wait to see what other projects she has coming up. This is definitely a must-see!

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Welcome to the Rileys
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2010

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