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The Dictator Reviews

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J. Hoberman
May 3, 2016
The problem is that, unlike Ali G, Borat, and Brüno, Aladeen is less a force of nature than a scripted performance.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
Feels more like one of those lousy SNL movies from the early nineties than the work of our sharpest contemporary satirist.
John Hanlon
John Hanlon Reviews
June 30, 2013
This comedy succeeds as a crude, inventive and humours look at a dumb despot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
This is not a character who can hold the center of a movie for 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
March 4, 2013
Underrated comic excellence from Sacha Baron Cohen with plenty of sharp satire lacing the broader gross-out gags.
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
Consistently offensive, and not in a way that should automatically be dismissed as 'edgy' or 'provocative'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
December 26, 2012
The film's writers understand that satire is infinitely more powerful when it's accessible
Rob Gonsalves
December 17, 2012
By now, what looked like good dirty fun, a funhouse mirror pointed at America, has calcified into easy shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Clay Cane
October 16, 2012
The publicity stunts for promoting The Dictator were funnier than the actual movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Kofi Outlaw
October 2, 2012
A sly/insightful portrait that the comedian has already painted, and re-painted, and painted again. How many examples of the same idea can he successfully convey on film?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ali Gray
September 24, 2012
The Dictator is comedy at its broadest, but underneath the 'hilarious' beard and predictable September 11th gags lies a sharp script that attempts to aim lowbrow and highbrow at the same time - and almost pulls it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Baldwin
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
While The Dictator may appear different than Borat and Brüno, it is very much the same idea as both films, packed with the same jokes and new ones that are more disturbing than they are hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
August 27, 2012
Cohen remains a talented comedian. I like his anything-goes sense of humor. But, "The Dictator" feels like he was holding back to get people to like his character.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 27, 2012
Where Borat had unsuspecting victims, The Dictaror is stuck with actors; the Candid Camera element erased. As is the shock value.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
William Bibbiani
August 22, 2012
It doesn't have much to say about the character Cohen portrays or about how the world perceives that stereotype, which results in a paper thin but generally amusing little farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
R. L. Shaffer
August 21, 2012
A few laughs here and there at the expense of offensive stereotypes, The Dictator mostly repeats jokes we've seen in other, better Sacha Baron Cohen films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 18, 2012
This is Cohen in a lightweight mood, taking very few chances, instead relying on only mildly irreverant humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
June 30, 2012
While [Sacha Baron Cohen's] latest, ultra-hyped effort The Dictator has its fair share of disgusting, gross-out moments, perhaps the biggest shock is that it actually has a decent story and engaging characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Larsen
June 22, 2012
A missed opportunity of global proportions.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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