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The Ambassador (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 4

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This darkly comic, genre-bending piece of gonzo journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger rips the corroded lid off the global scheme of political corruption and exploitation happening in one of the most dangerous places on the planet: the Central African Republic. Armed with a phalanx of hidden cameras, black-market diplomatic credentials and a bleeding-edge wit, Brügger transforms himself into an outlandish caricature of a European-African consul. As he immerses himself in the

Oct 23, 2012

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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (9)

At film's end, you'll probably feel like having a long, hot shower, metaphoric or otherwise, to wash away the mire Brügger has presented.

January 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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[Brugger] returns with a jaw-dropping exposé of postcolonial corruption; he's lucky he returned with his head.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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You can imagine how this could have become a 1950s British comedy. It is all real.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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'The Ambassador" is a sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The picture sometimes seems to have been assembled rather than creatively edited.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Brügger seems very taken with his own cleverness-his too-cool-for-school attitude suggests that his ultimate aim is really to amuse himself.

November 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine
Film Comment Magazine

A wild, darkly comic slice of nonfiction branded 'performative journalism' by its creator. Ballsy, attention-grabbing and a lot of fun for anyone with an interest in matters geopolitical.

February 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

Supposedly nothing is staged. Truthfully, so much of this film is stranger than fiction, it would require pure writing genius to come up with even a third of what transpires.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Kinetofilm
Kinetofilm

Taken as satire, this isn't particularly funny - but then, the corruption he's exposing is anything but a joke.

September 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Brügger recalls gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who once went undercover with the Hell's Angels. Brügger has similar intentions, and mostly he succeeds. If only he had Thompson's way with words.

September 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

Give Brugger points for audacity and for a caustic wit that produces some solid laughs, yet the result isn't quite as eye-opening as perhaps he intended.

September 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

There's a touch of whimsy to his misadventures, but the malfeasance he uncovers -- often using hidden cameras and microphones -- is anything but a joke.

September 6, 2012 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

A hilarious, courageous and fascinating trip into the soft underbelly of back market African politics.

September 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Full of incredulous guffaws at the open and expected corruption in this part of the world. But don't expect to be tickled. This film is making a point.

September 1, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

In a time of intense niche-marketing, particularly of lower budget films, it is quite refreshing to come away from a movie and think, "wait, what the hell did I just see?"

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenCrush
ScreenCrush

Danish documentarian and full-time provocateur Mads Brügger is either fearless or insane, possibly a combination of both.

August 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The closest I've ever seen to a real-life Heart of Darkness, but funnier.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: FilmDrunk
FilmDrunk

Flamboyant Danish journalist-documentarian Mads Brügger takes on a deep, dark and nefarious topic--the harvesting of blood diamonds in the Central African Republic--but within a comic, loopy framework.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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