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.
- Jake Scott
- Ken Hixon
- James Gandolfini, Kristen Stewart, Melissa Leo
Like a quiet conversation about despair and hope.Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, 10.28.2010
Sorrow suffuses "Welcome to the Rileys," if somewhat uneasily.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 10.29.2010
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, 10.28.2010
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, 10.28.2010