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.'
| Original Score: C
This is not a character who can hold the center of a movie for 90 minutes.
| Original Score: C+
Consistently offensive, and not in a way that should automatically be dismissed as 'edgy' or 'provocative'.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.9/5
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
You would strain to identify The Dictator as a clever movie. But it doesn't quite work as a big dumb movie either.
Has a few good moments of wit but overall it's like finding a needle in a pile of soiled nappies.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Its dolly- and crane-operated polish points toward an acquiescence to Tinseltown mores, which until now Baron Cohen hovered cheekily above.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Borat cut deep, The Dictator couldn't incise bread.
...combining Coming to America-like fish-out-of-water comedy with the tasteless anarchy of Team America: World Police...
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/10
Based on The Dictator, I'd say Sacha Baron Cohen's reign of funny has come to an end.
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.
While acknowledging that some of the film's individual scenes are quite funny, the overarching story needed work.
| Original Score: B-
For the most part it's a dumb gross-out comedy that's inches away from being an Adam Sandler movie.
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.
| Original Score: 6.3/10
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
The Dictator feels almost exactly like a Saturday Night Live movie from the 90s.
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.