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The Dictator Reviews

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September 28, 2017
The most offensive thing about this film is that it completely lacks a sense of humour.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 3, 2016
The problem is that, unlike Ali G, Borat, and Brüno, Aladeen is less a force of nature than a scripted performance.
May 3, 2015
Feels more like one of those lousy SNL movies from the early nineties than the work of our sharpest contemporary satirist.
June 30, 2013
This comedy succeeds as a crude, inventive and humours look at a dumb despot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 23, 2013
This is not a character who can hold the center of a movie for 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.
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
December 26, 2012
The film's writers understand that satire is infinitely more powerful when it's accessible
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
October 16, 2012
The publicity stunts for promoting The Dictator were funnier than the actual movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
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
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
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-
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.
Read More | Original Score: 6.5/10
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
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
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