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Amreeka Reviews

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Sophie Ivan
Film4
May 16, 2011
Enjoyable but uneven, Amreeka is an unlikely comic take on the plight of the displaced, at home and abroad.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
May 15, 2011
It sounds heavygoing but if anything Amreeka is a little too sweet and cosy for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Guardian
May 15, 2011
Not a subtle film, but an attractive, affecting one.
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
May 13, 2011
In attempt to sustain momentum, the film begins to lurch from comic-book realism to join-the-dots melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
May 13, 2011
This is a vulnerable but proud woman who we can't help but like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 13, 2011
The film is more gentle than harsh, relying on a very fine performance from the charming Faour and settings in Palestine and Illinois that seem very real.
| Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rose
Guardian
May 12, 2011
The political issues are a little heavy handed but the story - partly drawn from the director's own experience - works best when it focuses on the personal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
May 11, 2011
It's charming and laidback, preferring wry, compassionate humour to politicking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
May 10, 2011
You'll end up baffled that a film built on such shaky foundations can end up being so impossibly sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 9, 2011
Likeable but lightweight, Dabis' emigration tale plays largely for laughs, sapping some of the drama from the storyline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 29, 2010
A winning tale of battling racism and prejudice in multi-cultural America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0
Steve Newall
Flicks.co.nz
July 22, 2010
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 | Original Score: 1/5
July 3, 2010
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 | Original Score: 7.7/10
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
December 18, 2009
Writer-director Cherien Dabis too easily resolves or dismisses the characters' problems, making way for an upbeat ending.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
December 11, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
November 20, 2009
Dabis wisely keeps her film firmly grounded in the personal and specific...focusing on the experiences of one family which she makes us care about.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
November 13, 2009
It's the humanity of the work that makes it resonate and the insight into a culture closed to most Australians that makes it illuminating
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
November 13, 2009
Writer director Cherien Dabis writes about what she knows about being a stranger in a new land: the difficulties, the isolation, the conflicts, the misunderstandings. The result is a heartfelt and engaging film
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
October 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 30, 2009
You can try to resist it, but by the time Cherien Dabis' writing/directing effort is over, you'll be completely sucked in.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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