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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The acting is good, particularly by Faour, who plays the naive, zaftig heroine as warm and appealing despite her troubles. It's also nice to see veteran Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass ("Lemon Tree"), who plays Muna's sister. show more

  • 88
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    Writer-director Cherien Dabis shot Amreeka in a gritty documentary style that reflects the often grim reality of the characters' situation. But he also knows how to mine the comic situations that are often part of the immigrant experience. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Faour and Muallen give solid performances, but there are a few too many by-the-numbers moments. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Dabis, a Palestinian-American, has thoroughly re-energized the genre with refreshing wit, honest emotions, incisive observations and a perfect cast. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A heartwarming film, not a political dirge. Much of this warmth comes from the actress Nisreen Faour. show more

  • 88
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    It's one of the funniest and most perceptive films of the year. show more

  • 75
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    This small gem takes a basically optimistic view about the struggles that generations of immigrants have endured. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    It’s one of the richer movies you’re likely to see about average Arabs in America. show more

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