Critic Consensus: Fleetingly funny and all too relevant, Who is America? proves Sacha Baron Cohen still has something to say -- though its nihilistic approach may not be the right way to say it.
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None of these guys are being polite. And the structural genius of Who Is America? is that it pops that excuse by airing these compromising segments next to sketches that feature Cohen's more familiar courtesy-extraction gags.
Where it works best in its nostalgic value, but where it might fall short is its overall longevity...fighting the absurd with more absurd can only go so far.
It depends in equal measure on human sincerity, and perhaps it is there we find an optimistic glimmer in a series that feels like it will, as an entire artistic document, be wholly soul-crushing.
He's punching up, not down. He's finding powerful people in America-lobbyists, congressmen, talk-show hosts-and showing how easily they're swayed by charismatic buffoons with hyper-virile energy.
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