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Amira & Sam doesn't quite live up to its premise -- or the chemistry of its stars -- but its flaws are overcome by its sweet, subversive charm. Read critic reviews

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A veteran tries to assimilate back into civilian life in a country he barely recognizes while trying to win the heart of an Iraqi immigrant.

Cast & Crew

Sean Mullin
Screenwriter
Timothy R. Boyce Jr.
Producer
Michael Connors
Producer
James Ponsoldt
Executive Producer
Patrick Callahan
Executive Producer
Meg Montagnino-Jarrett
Executive Producer
Fred Sherrill
Executive Producer
Heather McIntosh
Original Music
Daniel Vecchione
Cinematographer
Sara K. White
Production Design
Kendall Fleisher
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Donna Maloney
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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (7)

  • This rom-com is, at points, too big for its britches. But Shihabi and Starr ground the characters, they make them believable, and they make you fall in love with them.

    January 25, 2021 | Full Review…
  • When the eponymous couple is together, 'Amira & Sam' is an earnest and considerate examination of two people falling in love, but the movie lacks certainty when handling these characters separately.

    January 30, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The script is thoughtful, but its anger is diffuse, with laissez-faire capitalism and the problems of illegal immigrants and returning soldiers jostling for attention.

    January 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Chief among its pluses is the low-key warmth of leads Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi.

    January 29, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "Amira & Sam" is all over the map in terms of tone. But it does score a few points as an unusual tale about the casualties of war.

    January 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/4
  • Ingratiatingly charming, playful, and, above all, honest in its depiction of a budding albeit problematic romance between a recently returned army veteran and a thoroughly modern young Iraqi woman.

    January 29, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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