Kathryn Schroeder of FilmFracture:
"A film's synopsis can peak interest or destroy it altogether. Director Sam Kadi's "The Citizen" does the former. The story of an Arab immigrant named Ibrahim (Egyptian actor Khlaed Nabawy from "Fair Game") who wins the American green card lottery only to arrive in New York City on September 10, 2001 definitely intrigues a cinephile. "The Citizen" looks to delve into the American dream, as it is tarnished with the harsh reality of violence against everything it stands for in the form of terrorism, fear, and cultural misunderstanding. "