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  • Summary: 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. In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through militaryAmreeka 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. In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle. (National Geographic Cinema Ventures) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Amreeka is strategically inviting and carefully mild even when making unsubtle points about Palestinian suffering and American insensitivity.
  2. It's one of the funniest and most perceptive films of the year.
  3. 88
    A heartwarming film, not a political dirge. Much of this warmth comes from the actress Nisreen Faour.
  4. Only one of a number of recent immigrant tales to hit theaters, but with its blend of sweet humor and topical relevance, it's one of the more compelling -- and surprising -- in some time.
  5. Filmmaker Dabis based Amreeka on her own family's experiences in the rural Midwest during the first Gulf War. 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.
  6. 75
    It’s one of the richer movies you’re likely to see about average Arabs in America.
  7. Faour and Muallen give solid performances, but there are a few too many by-the-numbers moments.

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  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! Expand
  2. Mari
    Sep 8, 2009
    10
    Amreeka is genius not only because it offers the viewer a glimpse into the real life struggle of immigrants attempting to make in America, Amreeka is genius not only because it offers the viewer a glimpse into the real life struggle of immigrants attempting to make in America, but also because it provides the necessary elements to draw the viewer in and entertain them- no matter what their background may be. Dealing with very serious elements such as the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq and the conflicts in the middle east is no easy task, but Cherien Dabis was able to do so in an optimistic and honest manner. Showing the reality of the human condition in a very humorous and real way. Yes, I was left with a better understanding of Arab-Americans and their struggles. But more importantly I was entertained and moved by the strong ensemble of characters and humbled by their struggle. At the end of it all, I felt that the film educated me, and thoroughly entertained me. I would highly recommend this to everyone. Expand
  3. NickJ.
    Sep 10, 2009
    8
    A movie that beautifully captures how a woman and her family survive two harsh, cruel worlds. Hiam Abass is marvelous as Muna's homesick A movie that beautifully captures how a woman and her family survive two harsh, cruel worlds. Hiam Abass is marvelous as Muna's homesick and cynical sister. This movie misses out on being a truly great film only by a tiny little bit. A brave film in this day and age. Bravo! Expand
  4. BobW.
    Jan 18, 2010
    8
    Very subtle yet well made movie. Lead actress Nisreen Faour is very likable and performs admirably.
  5. EdwardK.
    Nov 4, 2009
    8
    Amreeka is an insightful view into the life of immigrants to America. It is short on plot, and nothing really gets resolved, but the Amreeka is an insightful view into the life of immigrants to America. It is short on plot, and nothing really gets resolved, but the characters are interesting and the performances are convincing. Expand
  6. 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. Expand

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