91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Amreeka is strategically inviting and carefully mild even when making unsubtle points about Palestinian suffering and American insensitivity.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
It's one of the funniest and most perceptive films of the year.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A heartwarming film, not a political dirge. Much of this warmth comes from the actress Nisreen Faour.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This slice of American life, as seen through the eyes of Palestinian immigrants, is nuanced, engaging and authentically observed.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Dabis, a Palestinian-American, has thoroughly re-energized the genre with refreshing wit, honest emotions, incisive observations and a perfect cast.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
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.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It’s one of the richer movies you’re likely to see about average Arabs in America.
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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.
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Faour and Muallen give solid performances, but there are a few too many by-the-numbers moments.
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73 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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