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Ebert & Roeper:
Yet another self-consciously overwritten story about a rag-tag bunch of would-be characters that team up for a can't-miss heist -- only to have it all go wrong.
The picture runs a mere 84 minutes, but it's no glance. It's a head-turner -- thoughtfully written, beautifully read and, finally, deeply humanizing.
New York Times:
An enjoyably half-wit remake of the venerable Italian comedy Big Deal on Madonna Street.
It doesn't quite work, but there's enough here to make us look forward to the Russos' next offering.
Los Angeles Times:
Despite its gritty Cleveland locations, it has the vacuum-sealed feel of a student film bankrolled by rich uncles.
The doofus-on- the-loose banter of Welcome to Collinwood has a cocky, after-hours loopiness to it. And as with most late-night bull sessions, eventually the content isn't nearly as captivating as the rowdy participants think it is.
Globe and Mail:
Filled with a sweet, loopy sensibility and some fresh comic turns, Welcome to Collinwood is a low-budget American film that falls into the good-but-slight category.
Dallas Morning News:
It's supposed to be a humorous, all-too-human look at how hope can breed a certain kind of madness -- and strength -- but it never quite adds up.
Feels slight, as if it were an extended short, albeit one made by the smartest kids in class.
Can't kick about the assembled talent and the Russos show genuine promise as comic filmmakers. Still, this thing feels flimsy and ephemeral.
The actual heist is the high point, just as in the Italian film, and so raffish and disorganized was the gang that I can see how someone might enjoy this movie, coming to it for the first time.
A few hours after you've seen it, you forget you've been to the movies.
This first-time feature by writer/director brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, with its light plot, short run time and derivative script, feels like a tentative trial run in film, but the Russos are clearly ones to watch.