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Amreeka Reviews

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Steve Newall
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
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
September 6, 2009
Writer/director Cherien Dabis's Sundance Festival entry digresses from a gritty West Bank drama to a stagy middle-American melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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.
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.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
March 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
September 2, 2009
As it stands, the movie just serves up another warmed-over Ellis Island rehash.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 3, 2009
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 | Original Score: C+
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
September 4, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
Don Groves
December 29, 2010
A winning tale of battling racism and prejudice in multi-cultural America.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
Village Voice
September 1, 2009
The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis.
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
May 11, 2011
It's charming and laidback, preferring wry, compassionate humour to politicking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
September 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Mike Scott
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
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 Levin
Film School Rejects
September 7, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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