Watched Jul 21, 2012
Adam Cook’s review:
Welcome to the Rileys is a heavy handed and plodding story of redemption and salvation that lacks the finesse the story so desperately needed. Following the death of their daughter, James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo’s marriage becomes strained and distant until they take in Kristen Stewart, a teenage stripper they think they can help. If it sounds as hideous as The Blind Side then you’d almost be right.
This is a world that only exists in the movies with nobody behaving in believable ways and delivering dialogue that is excruciatingly on-the-nose. The whole film is so laboured with the surrogate daughter angle playing out in the most banal and simplified fashion. Gandolfini and Leo are wasted in crude roles but Stewart does perhaps deliver her best performance to date (although that still isn’t much of a compliment). Directed by Jake Scott (son of Ridley) this is a ponderous and cliche-filled tale of salvation that never once rings true.