Amreeka Reviews

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May 10, 2011
You'll end up baffled that a film built on such shaky foundations can end up being so impossibly sweet.
December 18, 2009
Writer-director Cherien Dabis too easily resolves or dismisses the characters' problems, making way for an upbeat ending.
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.
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.
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.
October 14, 2009
A good-hearted film about the resilience of the human spirit.
May 16, 2011
Enjoyable but uneven, Amreeka is an unlikely comic take on the plight of the displaced, at home and abroad.
May 15, 2011
It sounds heavygoing but if anything Amreeka is a little too sweet and cosy for its own good.
May 15, 2011
Not a subtle film, but an attractive, affecting one.
May 13, 2011
In attempt to sustain momentum, the film begins to lurch from comic-book realism to join-the-dots melodrama.
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