The Dictator 2012

The Dictator

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Wildly uneven but consistently provocative, The Dictator is a decent entry in the poli-slapstick comedy genre.

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Gen. Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) has ruled the oil-rich North African country of Wadiya since the age of six, when 97 stray bullets and a hand grenade killed his father in a hunting accident. After an assassination attempt takes the life of yet another body-double, Tamir (Ben Kingsley), Aladeen's uncle and most trusted adviser, convinces Aladeen to go to New York. Unfortunately, Aladeen has a less-than-friendly reception from exiled Wadiyans, who want their country freed from his despotic rule.

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All Critics (220) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (94)

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  • Aug 19, 2015
    Niaiseux à fond, mais drôle. très divertissant.
    Marc-André B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 05, 2013
    "Why are you guys so anti-dictatorship? Imagine if America was a dicatatorship! You could let 1% of the people have all the nation's wealth. You could help your rich friends get richer by cutting their taxes and bailing them out when they gamble and lose. You could ignore the needs of the poor for health-care and education. Your media would appear free; but would secretly be controlled by one person and his family. You could wire-tape phones. You could torture foreign prisoners. You could have rigged elections. You could lie about why you go to war. You could fill your prisons with one particular racial group and no one would complain. You could use the media to scare the people into supporting policies that are against their interests. I knew this is hard for you Americans to imagine, but please: try!" Political "satires" about dictators seem to end with a memorable speech. Even if Sacha went unscripted and went full-throttle against the American "dream" and the illusionary concept of democracy in modernity, the entire formula falls into sixth grade humor and significantly disturbing pacing issues. So what pushed the rating up? The final speech all right. Whenever America (America means the U.S., right? Haha, like if U.S. now represented an entire continent's name) is called the birth place of AIDS and the perfect illustration of dictatorship, I'm sorry, but my rating will be pushed up. That speech magically fixed like so many flaws in a rather atrocious film. 51/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2013
    Unwatchable. And I love Sacha movies.
    Curtis L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 09, 2013
    Sacha Baron Cohen really tries to extend the shock factor to create comedy, but the method has worked thin and has made me lose interest in his next project.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer

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