Amreeka Reviews

  • 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

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Stands as one of the most accomplished recent films about a non-European immigrant coming to the United States.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

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

    Philip French — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Steve Rose — Guardian [UK]

  • This slice of American life, as seen through the eyes of Palestinian immigrants, is nuanced, engaging and authentically observed.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • 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.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The thriving subgenre of immigrant displacement dramedy gets a confident new spin from Cherien Dabis.

    Ella Taylor — Village Voice

  • 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.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Most important, Mr. Dabis knows that home -- what a fraught place! -- is, in equal measures, where the hurt is and where the heart is.

    Joanne Kaufman — Wall Street Journal

  • You keep rooting for these characters, even as the plot takes a series of broad and overly familiar turns.

    Christopher Kelly — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

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

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • 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.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • 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.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A portrait of our times painted from an immigrant's mirror, Amreeka should be seen by every American.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

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

    Richard Nilsen — Arizona Republic

  • 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.

    Rob Nelson — Variety

  • 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.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • 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.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • 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.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

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