Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
The backlash just proves how deep a nerve the faux Kazakh journalist has hit.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 22, 2006
Borat is a serious work of social criticism. But it's also the funniest movie I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 15, 2006
The theory of comedy here is that you can get away with almost anything if you manage to make your target audience feel superior to the human beings being mocked on the screen.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 13, 2006
I did find this to be one of the more inventive, aggressively offensive and insanely tasteless comedies in many a year. And yeah, that's a thumbs-up.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
November 4, 2006
Borat is so gut-bustingly funny it should carry a health warning.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 3, 2006
Cohen's genius lies in combining the chameleon-like virtuosity of Peter Sellers with the balls-out fearlessness of the Jackass crew.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 3, 2006
In an era of stale, formulaic comedies, this uproarious and ribald faux documentary is like a hit of pure oxygen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 3, 2006
Somewhere in standup comedy heaven Andy Kaufman is smiling. Possibly even busting a gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 3, 2006
The cheerfully tasteless Borat is often screamingly funny and almost never dull, and that's more than I can say for just about every comedy to grace screens this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 3, 2006
It's so inventive, so rich with comic moments, so outrageous, so shocking and unexpected, and so willing to be offensive that it consistently leaves viewers off balance -- and howling. This is a film by an original and significant comic intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 3, 2006
Borat leaves no ethnicity, no religious or social order (well, maybe one or two) unmocked. Both the glorious U.S. and A. and the beautiful Kazakhstan get pilloried by Baron Cohen and his sublimely silly, unapologetically offensive shtick.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 3, 2006
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is as fearless as mockumentaries get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 3, 2006
Crude, confrontational and stunningly sick, it's a movie made in the fringe tradition of Pink Flamingos, featuring a performer who seems to be willing to do anything for the camera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 3, 2006
Put on two pairs of underwear and try to stay dry through one of the most uproariously -- or, in the case of the nude wrestling scene between Borat and his morbidly obese producer, disgustingly -- funny movies in a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 3, 2006
Flat-out hilarious -- arguably the funniest American comedy since Airplane!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 3, 2006
Expect to laugh uproariously; expect to choke back horror and revulsion, often at yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 3, 2006
When Borat is good, it's very, very good, and when it's bad, it's box-office gold.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 3, 2006
Borat packs all the intellectual punch of the standard pack of ultra-serious Oscar hopefuls. Plus it makes you laugh until your lungs hurt. And that's why it's one of the best movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 3, 2006
All you think while you're watching is how could people be so amusingly stupid, and why can't I quit laughing at the sight of two naked men wrestling?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 3, 2006
Don't see Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan if you're easily offended by . . . never mind.
| Original Score: B+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 3, 2006
I highly recommend Borat to anyone like myself with zero emotional I.Q., those with a thick skin for when former friends decide you're a moron by association, and the wise people who believe that Jackass was shafted for the 2002 Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 3, 2006
A comic put-on of awe-inspiring crudity and death-defying satire and by a long shot the funniest film of the year. It is Jackass with a brain and Mark Twain with full frontal male nudity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 2, 2006
Borat may be dangerous to abdominal health; there must be a limit to how many convulsions a belly can take without trauma.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2006
You will laugh at Borat, you really will, but the laughter will sometimes stick in your throat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 2, 2006
The brilliance of Borat is that its comedy is as pitiless as its social satire, and as brainy.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 2, 2006
In the words of the man himself, Borat is Big Success.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 2, 2006
Its best jokes approach some savage, atavistic core of cultural taboo and make the viewer wonder: Is it really possible to laugh at this? But by the time you formulate that question, it's too late: You're already laughing.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 2, 2006
A perfect combination of slapstick and satire that manages to appeal to our basest common denominators while brilliantly skewering racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and that peculiarly American affliction: we're-number-one-ism.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 2, 2006
Borat is the funniest comedy I've seen since I don't know when.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 2, 2006
Conceptually brilliant and fearlessly executed, it rewrites the rules of screen comedy, presenting something never before seen on film: a gene-splice of Andy Kaufman's high-wire character humor and caught-on-the-street pranks from Punk'd.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 2, 2006
The trailer makes Borat seem like a harmless farce, but the movie is among the most offensive ever made. And among the funniest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 2, 2006
As clever as he is crude, Cohen alchemizes bad-taste comedy into Strangelovean satire.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 2, 2006
Borat is a comedy whose lengthy title is difficult to remember, and whose incendiary humor is impossible to forget. It is the most insanely funny movie of this, or any other, year.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 2, 2006
As the man from Kazakhstan likes to say: Great success!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 2, 2006
Hilarious, and purposefully offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 2, 2006
Crash -- to say nothing of Michael Moore -- has nothing on this.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 2, 2006
This is the finest and most thoughtful comedy released so far this century.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 2, 2006
Paraphrasing Kurt Vonnegut, there are few things more quintessentially American than embarrassment... Borat IS the quintessential movie comedy of our times -- whether you like it or not.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2006
The people Borat talks to become the symbolic heart of America -- a place where intolerance is worn, increasingly, with pride.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 31, 2006
Indeed, the man who invented Borat is a masterful improviser, brilliant comedian, courageous political satirist, and genuinely experimental film artist. Borat makes you laugh but Baron Cohen forces you to think.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
October 30, 2006
It's consistently double-over-laughing hilarious, never an easy feat when you're extending a comedy sketch into a full-length film.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 30, 2006
[Borat] is equipped, like an F-15 Eagle, to engage multiple targets at once.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 30, 2006
Is Borat the funniest comedy of the year? Almost certainly -- but what's the competition?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
October 28, 2006
Sacha Baron Cohen is one of this country's funniest performers, and the biggest pleasures of Borat lie in simply watching him goof off, and in watching 'real' people's incredulity as he does so.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 27, 2006
Borat will make you laugh till it hurts, and you'll still beg for more.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
September 20, 2006
Borat is an astonishingly entertaining picture, and it's a testament to Cohen's gifts that he can pull off a feat as extravagant and as fully realized as this one is.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2006
For once it's true: Borat has to be seen to be believed.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 13, 2006
Uproariously funny.