Amira & Sam

2015

Amira & Sam (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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.

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Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira & Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin, and follows Sam (Martin Starr, "Freaks & Geeks", "Silicon Valley"), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his unit's former Iraqi translator in New York City, he meets Amira (newcomer Dina Shihabi), his war buddy's niece; suspicious of soldiers, she wants nothing to do with him. However, when Amira runs into immigration trouble, Sam offers to keep her safe at his apartment. After a rocky start, their unlikely friendship starts to blossom into something more. Meanwhile, Sam's cousin Charlie (Paul Wesley, Before I Disappear, "The Vampire Diaries") offers him a lucrative opportunity at his hedge fund, helping to secure wealthy veterans as new clients. However, all is not as it seems, and Amira and Sam soon find themselves faced with mounting obstacles in order to stay together. (C) Drafthouse

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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.

Jan 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.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Chief among its pluses is the low-key warmth of leads Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi.

Jan 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.

Jan 29, 2015 | Rating: 2/4

This indie drama is unconvincing as a love story and heavy-handed in its message of tolerance.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…

It gets by on low-level sweetness and guile until delivering an unexpectedly powerful emotional sucker-punch at the end.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…

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