Amreeka (2009)

"Amreeka" chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. Told with heartfelt humor,… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 4, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A dramedy that's got a taste for the tragic as well as the poignantly comic, Amreeka adds a new sweetness to the hope and distress of the immigrant experience.

David Jenkins
Time Out

You'll end up baffled that a film built on such shaky foundations can end up being so impossibly sweet.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Sophie Ivan

Enjoyable but uneven, Amreeka is an unlikely comic take on the plight of the displaced, at home and abroad.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Writer-director Cherien Dabis too easily resolves or dismisses the characters' problems, making way for an upbeat ending.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

It sounds heavygoing but if anything Amreeka is a little too sweet and cosy for its own good.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

A good-hearted film about the resilience of the human spirit.

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Philip French

Not a subtle film, but an attractive, affecting one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Slaven
By the end, the messaging gets so heavy-handed that the movie loses some credibility with its intended audience. But if you're an American, you know there… More
paul sandberg
In Amreeka, we have an Indie film that explores the well trod ground and fish out of water scenario of someone from a foreign land moving to America. In this… More
Kevin M. Williams
A stealth political piece about a Palestinian family's rough immigration to heartland America, effectively put across by a lovable cast. Here is a… More
Jim Hunter
"Is it true you work at White Castle, Auntie?" "Yes." "You could have at least chosen Wendy's." A Palestinian single mother… More
Nicki Marie
I was kind of "meh" with this one. I liked it, but I didn't love it. I guess from the cover I expected more of a comedy.. and it is kind of… More
Cynthia S.
Good movie. It's a very interesting look at what Arabian families had to deal with here after 9/11. It couldn't have been easy for them with all the… More

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