Amreeka

Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. With her large, expressive eyes, abundant warmth, and radiant energy, Faour commands our sympathy, even through some weak dialogue and even weaker plot points.
  2. Faour and Muallen give solid performances, but there are a few too many by-the-numbers moments.
  3. 58
    Amreeka lacks the sense of humor that set "Aliens In America" apart--and frankly, it’s rarely as insightful about the biases and strengths either of Arab émigrés or of sheltered Midwesterners.
  4. If the story were more arresting, and the filmmaking more original, then the notions of post-9/11 assimilation might be more compelling. As it stands, the movie just serves up another warmed-over Ellis Island rehash.
  5. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jan 25, 2015
    60
    The culture clash comedy cleaves to predictability but the story’s specificity sustains its perceptive look at the human impact of post-9/11 jingoism.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 10, 2014
    10
    "Amreeka", Cherien Dabis directorial debut, has fantastic story, strong heroine and strong messages. It is really unbiased to neither"Amreeka", Cherien Dabis directorial debut, has fantastic story, strong heroine and strong messages. It is really unbiased to neither Palestinian's nor Americans, but instead shows the contrast and the difference between both traditions, which is really bold. Moreover, it never feels to keep you interested in the character development, in which all characters live in a stereotypical country. "Amreeka" is a heart warming experience, filled with Superb performances and a great laughs. It is not that easy a film earns a full rating, this one actually does! Full Review »
  2. Sep 25, 2010
    7
    Dabis is lucky to have such a wonderful cast on the debut film as director But this story about post 9/11 xenophobic America feels patchy atDabis is lucky to have such a wonderful cast on the debut film as director But this story about post 9/11 xenophobic America feels patchy at times and does not avoid the trap of introducing Hollywood-esque feel-good moments in an otherwise strong drama. Full Review »
  3. BobW.
    Jan 18, 2010
    8
    Very subtle yet well made movie. Lead actress Nisreen Faour is very likable and performs admirably.