• PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Cherien Dabis
    In Theaters:
    Sep 4, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 12, 2010
  • National Geographic

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Amreeka Reviews

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Steve Newall

A giant bland-fest, unleashing a misfiring charm offensive in place of strong characterisation or a story that has a destination in mind.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 1/5

July 22, 2010
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies

In attempt to sustain momentum, the film begins to lurch from comic-book realism to join-the-dots melodrama.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

May 13, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Writer-director Cherien Dabis paints a gentle, often wry picture of human resilience, and Faour and Muallen give solid performances, but there are a few too many by-the-numbers moments.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

September 4, 2009
Cole Smithey

Writer/director Cherien Dabis's Sundance Festival entry digresses from a gritty West Bank drama to a stagy middle-American melodrama.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C

September 6, 2009
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Writer-director Cherien Dabis too easily resolves or dismisses the characters' problems, making way for an upbeat ending.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 18, 2009
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

As much as I enjoyed spending time with these characters, it's hard not to bristle at the overall After-School Special vibe.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly

September 29, 2009
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

The end result isn't a relaxed and incantatory celebration of cross-cultural friction that finds emotional and spiritual resonance in the mundane, a la The Secret of the Grain, but a sitcomish harangue.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2009
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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As it stands, the movie just serves up another warmed-over Ellis Island rehash.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

September 2, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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It's one of those movies that plays to the cheap seats, making the racism bigger, the assimilation process rougher, and the family squabbles extra-broad, lest viewers miss the point.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

September 3, 2009

It's funny, it's politically charged, it's deeply felt, and director Cherien Dabis keeps skillful control over all of these aspects to maintain balance.

Full Review Source: DCist | Original Score: 7.7/10

July 3, 2010
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3/5

September 4, 2009
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The immigrant experience gets a fresh, post- 9/11 Palestinian spin in Amreeka, a film that has all the familiar ingredients but is such a well-acted, winning re-combination of those that we see them with fresh eyes.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2009
Don Groves

A winning tale of battling racism and prejudice in multi-cultural America.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 4.0

December 29, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Does it occur to xenophobic Americans that almost all immigrants, like their own ancestors, came here because they admire the United States? Someone please explain that to Lou Dobbs.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2009
Ella Taylor
Village Voice
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The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 1, 2009
Simon Kinnear
Total Film

It's charming and laidback, preferring wry, compassionate humour to politicking.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2011
Nora Lee Mandel

Charming, poignant story with 3-dimensional characters as the familiar struggle for economic and cultural survival is updated for Arabs, centered by a zaftig force of nature.

Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com | Original Score: 7/10

September 1, 2009
Mike Scott

Amreeka is only one of a number of recent immigrant tales to hit theaters, but with its blend of sweet humor and topical relevance, it's one of the more compelling -- and surprising -- in some time.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 3/4

December 11, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

The movie is insightful in its depiction of Palestinian suffering and the insensitivity of the United States. Faour is very appealing in the lead role, making great use of her hope-filled eyes.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 30, 2009
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

The film takes on a loaded subject, strips it of its political ramifications and draws out the common humanity underwriting even the most divisive of hot button issues.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 3/4

September 7, 2009
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