Amreeka

2009

Amreeka

Critics Consensus

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.

87%

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Total Count: 71

76%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 3,197
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Movie Info

"Amreeka" chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. Told with heartfelt humor, "Amreeka" is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.

Cast

Nisreen Faour
as Mouna Farah
Melkar Muallem
as Fadi Farah
Hiam Abbass
as Raghda Halaby
Yussuf Abu-Warda
as Nabeel Halaby
Alia Shawkat
as Salma Halaby
Joseph Ziegler
as Mr. Novatsky
Selena Haddad
as Lamis Halaby
Jenna Kawar
as Rana Halaby
Miriam Smith
as Bank Employee
Mike O'Brien
as Bank Manager
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Critic Reviews for Amreeka

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (29) | 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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