The Citizen (2013)





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Yearning to leave behind his life of misfortune in the Middle East, Ibrahim Jarrah wins the U.S Green Card Lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. He lands in New York City the day before 9/11 ...and the events of the September terrorist attacks forever shape the struggles he faces on his journey to capture the American dream. Inspired by true events, filmmaker Sam Kadi's feature debut is a gripping tale of courage, love, and perseverance, the qualities of a true CITIZEN. (c) Monterey Media
PG-13 (for thematic elements and brief violence)
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Critic Reviews for The Citizen

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

The story's accumulation of contrived setbacks strains credulity.

September 26, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

It's ridiculous, but Kadi seems determined to stay in this comfort zone, trusting in the banality of melodrama to communicate simple ideas on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

Full Review… | October 10, 2013

It's pushing its agenda at every moment, first gently, then relentlessly.

Full Review… | September 30, 2013
The Dissolve

Tired and worn out immigrant's saga with a 9/11 hook that isn't compelling

Full Review… | September 23, 2013
Tribune News Service

Audience Reviews for The Citizen

An inspiring true story about the struggles of achieving the American Dream. With strong performances, The Citizen is an enjoyable drama.

Farah Rizq
Farah Rizq

"The Citizen" is an interesting story about the increased racism again Arab immigrants following the September 11th attacks. The film makes some poignant statements through its likeable main character and a well-written script. The writers do a good job of introducing seemingly insignificant characters and events that become important later in the film. Khaled El Nabawy delivers a nice performance as he carries the film from start to finish. I will admit, the line delivery is sometimes overly cheesy and the acting isn't anything to write home about, but the film achieves its goal by bringing attention to the unfair discrimination against innocent Arabs. The highlight of the film is Cary Elwes' portrayal of the immigration lawyer as he delivers an impassioned monologue in defense of the main character. While I wouldn't rank this film above average, it is definitely worth watching for its important moral lesson.

Jonny Priano
Jonny Priano

You should really see this movie. It is very intriguing. The main character Khaled Nabawy was incredible. I also love the friendship between Agnes Bruckner and Khaled. It's about a guy who is at the wrong place at the wrong time. The wrong time being around 9/11.

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