Movieline's Hollywood Life - 09/01/2002
"...William H. Macy is effectively droll, and Sam Rockwell sizzles..."
New York Times - 10/04/2002
"...WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD is a chipper little picture about a motley crew of lovable criminals involved in a complicated, lucrative heist....A lot of the fun comes from watching the actors try to steal the picture from each other..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/04/2002
"...Genial....[Clooney is] something to watch..."
USA Today - 10/04/2002
"...[A] funny and cleverly written farce....We can't help but root for these petty thugs who somehow have their hearts in the right place..."
Total Film - 11/01/2003
"...COLLINWOOD has a classy cast..."
WELCOME TO COLLINWOOD is a knee-slapping physical comedy wrapped in a rich and enigmatic visual package from directors Anthony and Joseph Russo. It oozes with good stuff like old-time vaudeville, silent film hijinks, and grubby antiheroes similar to those of O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU and RAISING ARIZONA. A group of petty criminals in Cleveland's East End join forces to rob a jewelry store by breaking through an adjoining wall from an empty apartment. An easy job becomes a nightmare when a beautiful woman moves into the apartment, ruining their plans. COLLINWOOD paints a tragically impoverished netherworld of Cleveland's East Side. Quirky career criminals Pero (Sam Rockwell), Basil (Andrew Davoli), and Toto (Michael Jeter), crawl around in burnt-out buildings speaking their own kind of cross-cultural language, passed on by generations of ex-cons. COLLINWOOD uses an impressive array of talented actors including William H. Macy, Sam Rockwell, Isaiah Washington, and George Clooney (who produced this film with Steven Soderbergh). Excellent, touching performances by Patricia Clarkson, Gabrielle Union, and Jennifer Esposito also add to the film's cohesive group dynamic.