• R, 1 hr. 23 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Larry Charles
    In Theaters:
    May 16, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 21, 2012
  • Paramount Pictures


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The Dictator Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

A mix of gimme jokes and fish-out-of-water observations about a foreigner's introduction to New York City that were rendered clichéd by 'Crocodile Dundee.'

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: C

June 2, 2013
Will Leitch

This is not a character who can hold the center of a movie for 90 minutes.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C+

June 23, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

Consistently offensive, and not in a way that should automatically be dismissed as 'edgy' or 'provocative'.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 2/5

March 4, 2013
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know

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 Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 2.9/5

May 29, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

The Dictator is a slogan t-shirt movie. It's funny momentarily; but tiresome, boring and flat out infantile the longer that you're forced to stare at it.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 1/5

May 12, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

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 Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 20, 2012
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie

Has a few good moments of wit but overall it's like finding a needle in a pile of soiled nappies.

Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie | Original Score: 1/5

May 14, 2012
Simon Gallagher
What Culture

If the state of comedy is so desperate that a baby with a merkin has to be played for laughs, then it is perhaps time to start again from the top.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 10, 2012
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

Its dolly- and crane-operated polish points toward an acquiescence to Tinseltown mores, which until now Baron Cohen hovered cheekily above.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

Borat cut deep, The Dictator couldn't incise bread.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

May 23, 2012
Aaron Yap

...combining Coming to America-like fish-out-of-water comedy with the tasteless anarchy of Team America: World Police...

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 2/5

May 17, 2012
Joshua Starnes

Cohen's mockumentary and social satire tastes may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there can be no doubt he knows what he's about in that milieu. The formula of The Dictator is unfortunately, painfully, not a good fit.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 4.5/10

May 16, 2012
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Based on The Dictator, I'd say Sacha Baron Cohen's reign of funny has come to an end.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 2/5

May 17, 2012
Tim Martain
The Mercury

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 Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 2/5

May 18, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

While acknowledging that some of the film's individual scenes are quite funny, the overarching story needed work.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B-

May 25, 2012
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

For the most part it's a dumb gross-out comedy that's inches away from being an Adam Sandler movie.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 16, 2012
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

A large part of The Dictator is shoehorning Aladeen into awkward situations, an approach that works in the faux-doc format but feels forced here.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 6.3/10

May 17, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Most of the bits are funny, but the film that connects them is flat, the performances -- especially Cohen's -- incomplete, under-developed and poorly cut together.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 2012
Devin Faraci
Badass Digest

The Dictator feels almost exactly like a Saturday Night Live movie from the 90s.

Full Review Source: Badass Digest

May 11, 2012
James Berardinelli
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One of the cleverest moments in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator comes during the first five seconds: a memorial dedication to Kim Jong Il. It's all downhill from there.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

May 15, 2012
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
May 11, 2012
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