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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. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

A vivacious Palestinian woman (Nisreen Faour) and her teenage son (Melkar Muallem) cope with culture clash and more as they try to build a new life in rural Illinois.

Cast & Crew

Hiam Abbass
Raghda Halaby
Jenna Kawar
Rana Halaby
Selena Haddad
Lamis Halaby
Yussuf Abu-Warda
Nabeel Halaby
Joseph Ziegler
Mr. Novatski
Cherien Dabis
Screenwriter
Cherien Dabis
Executive Producer
Alicia Sams
Executive Producer
Tobias Datum
Cinematographer
Keith Reamer
Film Editor
Aidan Leroux
Production Design
Patricia J. Henderson
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Critic Reviews for Amreeka

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (62) | Rotten (9)

Audience Reviews for Amreeka

  • Jun 04, 2014
    A middling film about the trials and tribulations of a Palestinian family and their new home in America. When things are bad, they are truly bad and when they are good, things are perfect. Unfortunately that loses reality in a film.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2012
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2012
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer

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