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The Dictator Reviews

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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
March 4, 2013
Underrated comic excellence from Sacha Baron Cohen with plenty of sharp satire lacing the broader gross-out gags.
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
December 26, 2012
The film's writers understand that satire is infinitely more powerful when it's accessible
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
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
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
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
June 14, 2012
What's shocking is the movie's finale, in which Baron Cohen -- as usual, fully committed to his character -- delivers a diatribe that's a satirical version of Charlie Chaplin's famous speech in The Great Dictator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
June 13, 2012
It doesn't expose stupidity. That's what Cohen has done absolutely wonderfully in the past with his other characters. Now he's just acting stupid, with only some funny results.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 31, 2012
A weapon of mass derision.
Danny Minton
Fort Bend Sun
May 21, 2012
He very lovingly pokes fun at us like a favorite uncle who wants you to pull his finger.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
May 21, 2012
The whole love story shackles the movie, forcing it to ultimately and ruinously fit into the strict confines of the rom-com genre, whereas Cohen has always been at his best, like any rubber chicken, when allowed to be free range.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Dequina
May 21, 2012
Baron Cohen is as always never less than fully immersed into his character, and Aladeen's antics are often quite hilarious, most brashly and crudely so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 20, 2012
As with Mel Brooks, it's the good scenes and lines that stick in the mind rather than the misfires.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
May 18, 2012
The Dictator is not laugh loud, snarfing, hurt you kind of funny, but it has moments where you'll do a snort or two.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 18, 2012
It really, really feels like the movie ought to be funnier than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
May 18, 2012
A funny movie from a funny man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Grae Drake
May 18, 2012
There are plenty of great jokes in here, mostly because of Cohen's complete lack of fear about inciting the anger of the entire world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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