'Amreeka' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   70 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    84
    The good humor, generosity, and love Dabis bestows on her characters in this assured first feature are uniquely hers -- the mark of a talent to watch
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephen Holden New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    Stands as one of the most accomplished recent films about a non-European immigrant coming to the United States.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Philip French Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    Not a subtle film, but an attractive, affecting one.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Steve Rose Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    The political issues are a little heavy handed but the story - partly drawn from the director's own experience - works best when it focuses on the personal.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    This slice of American life, as seen through the eyes of Palestinian immigrants, is nuanced, engaging and authentically observed.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    This sensitively made movie is more than dim Americans making terrorist jokes. It's one of the richer movies you're likely to see about average Arabs in America.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Ella Taylor Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    40
    Writer-director Cherien Dabis paints a gentle, often wry picture of human resilience, and Faour and Muallen give solid performances, but there are a few too many by-the-numbers moments.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joanne Kaufman Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Most important, Mr. Dabis knows that home -- what a fraught place! -- is, in equal measures, where the hurt is and where the heart is.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Christopher Kelly Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    60
    You keep rooting for these characters, even as the plot takes a series of broad and overly familiar turns.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    88
    Does it occur to xenophobic Americans that almost all immigrants, like their own ancestors, came here because they admire the United States? Someone please explain that to Lou Dobbs.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Writer-director Cherien Dabis too easily resolves or dismisses the characters' problems, making way for an upbeat ending.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    67
    A portrait of our times painted from an immigrant's mirror, Amreeka should be seen by every American.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Richard Nilsen Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    A good-hearted film about the resilience of the human spirit.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rob Nelson Variety (Top Critic)
    A culture-clash dramedy whose background in Middle-East conflict is leavened with vibrant energy, balanced politics and droll humor by first-time feature director Cherien Dabis.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    80
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Linda Barnard Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    80
    This piquant film brings a keen and serious eye as well as that feeling for affectionate human comedy to this fraught situation, smartly avoiding both stridency and sentimentality in the process -- it's an elegant balancing act.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Sophie Ivan Film4
    60
    Enjoyable but uneven, Amreeka is an unlikely comic take on the plight of the displaced, at home and abroad.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Allan Hunter Daily Express
    60
    It sounds heavygoing but if anything Amreeka is a little too sweet and cosy for its own good.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • David Edwards Daily Mirror [UK]
    80
    This is a vulnerable but proud woman who we can't help but like.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Seymour Little White Lies
    40
    In attempt to sustain momentum, the film begins to lurch from comic-book realism to join-the-dots melodrama.
    Full Review » 3 years ago