The Dictator Reviews

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
June 4, 2012
By this time, even Eve Ensler probably would support a movie and TV comedy moratorium on the use of the word 'vagina.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
June 2, 2012
The danger for Baron Cohen is having made his name as a confrontational comedian but delivering something that, while occasionally provocative, feels too conventional.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph
June 1, 2012
Both the laughter and the satire had crawled off and quietly died.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 31, 2012
A weapon of mass derision.
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
May 29, 2012
The biggest problem with the movie is that it has all these crazy dictator jokes, which are funny but when it tries to be a movie, it fails miserably. You don't buy any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
May 25, 2012
While acknowledging that some of the film's individual scenes are quite funny, the overarching story needed work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 25, 2012
the movie feels lazy and middlebrow, without even the mockumentary format of Borat to disguise things.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
May 25, 2012
As a supporting actor Cohen is okay, but as the star of his vanity projects he is excruciating
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
May 23, 2012
This is basically Coming to America with more gross-out gags.
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
May 23, 2012
Borat cut deep, The Dictator couldn't incise bread.
Top Critic
David Denby
New Yorker
May 22, 2012
The film has a vicious edge that the Marx Brothers didn't have, and it's too low-minded to achieve their enchanting blend of anarchy and surrealism.
Danny Minton
Fort Bend Sun
May 21, 2012
He very lovingly pokes fun at us like a favorite uncle who wants you to pull his finger.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
May 21, 2012
Where most of Cohen's films exploit non-actors falling for his ruse, this dictator has been banished to one of those (regrettable and forgettable) SNL movies...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4.0
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
May 21, 2012
The whole love story shackles the movie, forcing it to ultimately and ruinously fit into the strict confines of the rom-com genre, whereas Cohen has always been at his best, like any rubber chicken, when allowed to be free range.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 21, 2012
Baron Cohen is as always never less than fully immersed into his character, and Aladeen's antics are often quite hilarious, most brashly and crudely so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 20, 2012
You would strain to identify The Dictator as a clever movie. But it doesn't quite work as a big dumb movie either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 20, 2012
As with Mel Brooks, it's the good scenes and lines that stick in the mind rather than the misfires.
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
May 20, 2012
All of the best jokes were given away in the trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 19, 2012
Cohen has added something to the picture that prevents it from completely succeeding: a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Martain
The Mercury
May 18, 2012
It's funny enough, even hilarious at times, but is it really being incisive and intelligently manipulative, or is it just ignorant, offensive drivel? I can't tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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