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Amreeka is strategically inviting and carefully mild even when making unsubtle points about Palestinian suffering and American insensitivity. Read full review
It's one of the funniest and most perceptive films of the year. Read full review
A heartwarming film, not a political dirge. Much of this warmth comes from the actress Nisreen Faour. Read full review
This slice of American life, as seen through the eyes of Palestinian immigrants, is nuanced, engaging and authentically observed. Read full review
Dabis, a Palestinian-American, has thoroughly re-energized the genre with refreshing wit, honest emotions, incisive observations and a perfect cast. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
It’s one of the richer movies you’re likely to see about average Arabs in America. Read full review
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. Read full review
Faour and Muallen give solid performances, but there are a few too many by-the-numbers moments. Read full review
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