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The Dictator Reviews

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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
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+
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
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know
May 29, 2012
The biggest problem with the movie is that it has all these crazy dictator jokes, which are funny but when it tries to be a movie, it fails miserably. You don't buy any of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.9/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
May 12, 2012
The Dictator is a slogan t-shirt movie. It's funny momentarily; but tiresome, boring and flat out infantile the longer that you're forced to stare at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 20, 2012
You would strain to identify The Dictator as a clever movie. But it doesn't quite work as a big dumb movie either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
May 14, 2012
Has a few good moments of wit but overall it's like finding a needle in a pile of soiled nappies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Simon Gallagher
What Culture
May 10, 2012
If the state of comedy is so desperate that a baby with a merkin has to be played for laughs, then it is perhaps time to start again from the top.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
May 12, 2012
Its dolly- and crane-operated polish points toward an acquiescence to Tinseltown mores, which until now Baron Cohen hovered cheekily above.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
May 23, 2012
Borat cut deep, The Dictator couldn't incise bread.
Aaron Yap
May 17, 2012
...combining Coming to America-like fish-out-of-water comedy with the tasteless anarchy of Team America: World Police...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joshua Starnes
May 16, 2012
Cohen's mockumentary and social satire tastes may not be everyone's cup of tea, but there can be no doubt he knows what he's about in that milieu. The formula of The Dictator is unfortunately, painfully, not a good fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
May 17, 2012
Based on The Dictator, I'd say Sacha Baron Cohen's reign of funny has come to an end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
May 18, 2012
It's funny enough, even hilarious at times, but is it really being incisive and intelligently manipulative, or is it just ignorant, offensive drivel? I can't tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
May 25, 2012
While acknowledging that some of the film's individual scenes are quite funny, the overarching story needed work.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 16, 2012
For the most part it's a dumb gross-out comedy that's inches away from being an Adam Sandler movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
May 17, 2012
A large part of The Dictator is shoehorning Aladeen into awkward situations, an approach that works in the faux-doc format but feels forced here.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.3/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
May 14, 2012
Most of the bits are funny, but the film that connects them is flat, the performances -- especially Cohen's -- incomplete, under-developed and poorly cut together.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Devin Faraci
May 11, 2012
The Dictator feels almost exactly like a Saturday Night Live movie from the 90s.
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James Berardinelli
May 15, 2012
One of the cleverest moments in Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator comes during the first five seconds: a memorial dedication to Kim Jong Il. It's all downhill from there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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