Dear Dictator Reviews

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March 9, 2020
Unfortunately writer-directors Lisa Addario and Joe Syracuse can get only so much mileage out of it, and they cede too much screen time to Katie Holmes as the girl's mother.
July 20, 2019
Appropriates and then drains all subversion out of its punk and revolutionary trappings in favor of contrived, melodramatic pap.
July 2, 2018
Dear Dictator makes you hope for something subversive, and there occasional flashes of potential, but then it always falls back into the easiest, most obvious route.
May 6, 2018
While Michael Caine is always fun to watch, unfortunately, the pacing/editing is not on a par with the writing. The satire should have been sharper and more subversive.
March 24, 2018
The film's premise seems loaded with comic possibilities, but silly scenes overwhelm the story. Plus, Michael Caine is dreadfully miscast.
March 21, 2018
Ineffective, intermittently painful attempt at world-weary funny business.
March 21, 2018
Life hacks from a warm and fuzzy dictator. What's not to loathe?
March 16, 2018
The only people to blame here are Addario & Syracuse, who block and shoot every scene with an energy that makes each week's installment of The Big Bang Theory seem downright avant-garde by comparison.
March 16, 2018
Something about Dear Dictator really rubbed me the wrong way. As comedy, it is utterly devoid of laughs. As social commentary, it is audacious only in how utterly condescending it ultimately proves to be.
March 16, 2018
There's something sharper and smarter in Dear Dictator, but that ground is left regrettably unexplored; it's a film that ultimately doesn't live up to its premise. Going deeper would require considerably more guts.
March 16, 2018
Weak comedy about teen, despot has language, sexuality.
March 16, 2018
It's intentionally odd without any apparent goal beyond being odd.
March 15, 2018
Pleasant enough to watch, even innocuous, "Dear Dictator" is something that gets worse the more you think about it.
March 15, 2018
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
A weirdly tone-deaf, oddly out-of-it comedy. Up against the wall, Dear Dictator. Your time has come-and passed.
March 15, 2018
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 14, 2018
A movie like this needs to commit to its craziness or play things absolutely straight, and Addario and Syracuse want to have it both ways. As a result, Dear Dictator is betrayed by a lack of ideological purity.
March 14, 2018
A high school girl and a Caribbean dictator bond, an unlikely team in this sit-comish and feeble attempt at satire.
March 14, 2018
The potential comic absurdities of the premise are squandered as soon as the film settles into a tepid coming-of-age tale.
March 14, 2018
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.
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