Amreeka Reviews

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.
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.
September 25, 2009
You keep rooting for these characters, even as the plot takes a series of broad and overly familiar turns.
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.
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.