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Dear Dictator (2018)



Critic Consensus: Dear Dictator never comes close to taking advantage of its wildly silly premise -- or the assortment of talented veterans who round out the cast.

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When political turmoil forces a British-Caribbean dictator (Michael Caine) to flee his island nation, he seeks refuge with his pen pal, a rebellious teenage girl (Odeya Rush) in suburban America, and teaches her how to start a revolution and overthrow the "mean girls" in her high school.

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Michael Caine
as General Anton Vincent
Odeya Rush
as Tatiana Mills
Katie Holmes
as Darlene Mills
Seth Green
as Dr. Charles Seaver
Jason Biggs
as Mr. Spines
Adrian Voo
as Neighbor

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Critic Reviews for Dear Dictator

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

[A] just-shy-of-great teen comedy.

March 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Pleasant enough to watch, even innocuous, "Dear Dictator" is something that gets worse the more you think about it.

March 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Distinguished only by the fact that co-writer-directors Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse convinced the great Michael Caine to costar in this thudding mishmash.

March 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Too leaden for farce and too bland for satire, Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse's "Dear Dictator" wastes a potential gold mine of culture-clashing silliness on worn, high school movie clichés.

March 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Although the filmmakers name-check and appear to draw inspiration from Mean Girls, they've missed the mark on truly biting satire, leaving Dear Dictator toothless and silly.

March 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Clearly what's needed is a pointed satire highlighting the inherent absurdity governing global politics today, and Coup d'Etat may just fit the bill.

November 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dear Dictator


It's a pretty good idea for a mash-up: teen coming-of-age, high school romp with advice from a third world dictator on the run. It should've been priceless, but instead the set-up is wasted. The talent onscreen is up to the task, and so the fault lies with the script, perhaps not finished enough. There remains enough to see that potential is present and so one is not bored. It's just that the potential is unrealized.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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