Amreeka (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Amreeka (2009)



Critic Consensus: A dramedy that's got a taste for the tragic as well as the poignantly comic, Amreeka adds a new sweetness to the hope and distress of the immigrant experience.

Movie Info

"Amreeka" chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. Told with heartfelt humor, "Amreeka" is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.more
Rating: PG-13 (for brief drug use involving teens, and some language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Cherien Dabis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 12, 2010
Box Office: $0.4M
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Nisreen Faour
as Mouna Farah
Melkar Muallem
as Fadi Farah
Hiam Abbass
as Raghda Halaby
Yussuf Abu-Warda
as Nabeel Halaby
Alia Shawkat
as Salma Halaby
Joseph Ziegler
as Mr. Novatsky
Selena Haddad
as Lamis Halaby
Jenna Kawar
as Rana Halaby
Miriam Smith
as Bank Employee
Mike O'Brien
as Bank Manager
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Critic Reviews for Amreeka

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (26)

You'll end up baffled that a film built on such shaky foundations can end up being so impossibly sweet.

Full Review… | May 10, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Writer-director Cherien Dabis too easily resolves or dismisses the characters' problems, making way for an upbeat ending.

Full Review… | December 18, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A feel-good comedy about a Palestinian mother who moves to rural Illinois with her teenaged son, Amreeka is a kind of stealth political film that confronts issues of ethnic tension and American xenophobia.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Amreeka makes its points with gentle humour and engaging performances -- especially Faour, who makes Muna so likeable it's impossible not to cross your fingers and hope her luck is about to change.

Full Review… | October 30, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Director Cherien Dabis' debut feature is a surprising, humorous, moving and very human story about a Palestinian family's emigration to Illinois on the eve of the Iraq war.

Full Review… | October 15, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Enjoyable but uneven, Amreeka is an unlikely comic take on the plight of the displaced, at home and abroad.

Full Review… | May 16, 2011

Audience Reviews for Amreeka


By the end, the messaging gets so heavy-handed that the movie loses some credibility with its intended audience. But if you're an American, you know there is truth to all of it, and this film provides an opportunity to put yourself in a Palestinian's shoes and feel a bit of their experience.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer


A stealth political piece about a Palestinian family's rough immigration to heartland America, effectively put across by a lovable cast. Here is a writer/director to watch.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I was kind of "meh" with this one. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I guess from the cover I expected more of a comedy.. and it is kind of funny.... but not too as it deals with a serious topic. It probably works better in the more serious parts, but I felt like I didn't really connect too well with any of it. The cast are good and you do hope to see them do well, but by the end of the film I was glad to see it finish too. Not really sure what the problem was exactly. And the pipe smoking really put me off at the end as well as it seemed irresponsible with all the kids at the table (just a little pet hate of mine!). Don't know... maybe worth a watch on tv for free, but not one to seek out.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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