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Welcome to the Rileys Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Teen prostitute saves the day. Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Skip therapy--adopt a hooker. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

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

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The movie never overcomes the triteness of its premise.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Rileys has been casually dubbed "Kristen Stewart's stripper movie," but the handle doesn't stick: Stewart may wear skimpy clothes and grind once or twice from the neck down, but from the neck up she's all hollow, bruised eyes, twisted little mouth, and classic, coltish K-Stew rebellion.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

A couple finds a way out of mourning in wrenching drama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this indie drama stars Twilight's Kristen Stewart as a teenage stripper -- not exactly an ideal role model for her younger fans. Just as well, then, that not too many of them are likely to be drawn to this mature, often wrenching story about how a couple copes after the death of their daughter. Their marriage is in disarray, their hearts broken; at times, it’s very difficult to watch. Expect plenty of swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," and more) and some graphic discussions about sex, as well as a few scenes that include smoking, drinking, and drug use (some by a teen).

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What is it saying about grief? About relationships? Do the characters and situations seem relatable?
  • How does the movie portray teen sexuality?
  • What consequences does substance use (drinking, drugs, smoking) have in the movie?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie sends the message that grief can make people do unexpected things; in this case, Doug decides to sell his successful business and abandons his wife to help out a teenage prostitute who reminds him of his dead daughter. His choices don’t always make sense, but they seem to make him feel better, at least at first.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: A philanderer is a complex character -- he has a heart of gold, but he betrays his wife ... but it's because he’s in a lot of pain from the death of their child. He later takes on the role of surrogate father to a teenage prostitute, trying to guide her back to a more conventional lifestyle, though doing so significantly disrupts his marriage.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: A woman runs over a garbage can and hits a pole in her own driveway. A prostitute talks about a violent encounter but is dissuaded from seeking revenge.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A man has an affair; he and his lover are shown in the shadows snuggling under covers. A stripper/prostitute offers to perform certain acts for a client in the VIP room of her club; she's shown straddling him, but he declines to engage in anything else. She also discusses working in a peep show, what customers do there, and what sexual acts she will and won’t do. A woman’s bare behind is shown.

  • language false4

    Language: “Bulls--t,” “s--t,” “p---y,” “f--k nuts,” “cooters” -- the language runs the entire gamut. A teenager swears a lot; another character points this out and even fines her for it.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man lights up a cigarette in the film’s first frame, and he smokes and drinks often throughout the rest of the movie. Men smoke during a poker game. A teenager smokes weed and offers an older man a hit.