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Amreeka Reviews

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
October 30, 2009
Amreeka is a sweet-natured film about the experiences of a Palestinian woman and her teenage son when they emigrate to Illinois.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
October 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
October 14, 2009
A good-hearted film about the resilience of the human spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 9, 2009
Director-writer Cherien Dabis drew the story from life..., and the script is brimming with tiny details that lend it authenticity.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 8, 2009
The movie is honest about the way it depicts family relationships and racial prejudices. A believable and fresh-faced cast also helps in that regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 2, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
September 29, 2009
As much as I enjoyed spending time with these characters, it's hard not to bristle at the overall After-School Special vibe.
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
September 25, 2009
You keep rooting for these characters, even as the plot takes a series of broad and overly familiar turns.
| Original Score: 3/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
September 25, 2009
Faour, in an Oscar-worthy performance, renders Muna in shades of love and hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 24, 2009
An earnest comedy-drama, which covers familiar territory but in an unpretentious, and so reasonably pleasant fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
September 24, 2009
As poignant as it is buoyant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 24, 2009
For the most part, Dabis and her actors charm their way through this material, finding absurdist humor even in the darkest moments.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 24, 2009
Although the drama heads on a predictable course, Faour brings intelligence and humor to her performance and Muallem, as the smart adolescent turned surly and scared, is likewise sharp.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 24, 2009
This sensitively made movie is more than dim Americans making terrorist jokes. It's one of the richer movies you're likely to see about average Arabs in America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
September 24, 2009
The political ironies are obvious, and the American section is predictable, but Amreeka is winning all the same, because of the ensemble, and the humanism of its first-time filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 23, 2009
...a small budget, sincere little film that has its heart in the right place.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Brandon Judell
CultureCatch
September 20, 2009
With Amreeka, writer/director Cherien Dabiscertainly doesn't reinvent the genre, making it feel newborn, but with warmth and skill, and a dash of wit, she makes an old trope feel fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 18, 2009
This could be rough going, but Cherien Dabis' Amreeka tells this immigrants' tale with some humor and only a dash of political correctness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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