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The Dictator

Overview


Genre :

Comedy, Drama

Release Date :

May 16, 2012

MPAA Rating :

R

Director :

Larry Charles

Starring :

Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Fred Melamed, Sayed Badreya, Aasif Mandvi, J.B. Smoove, Kathryn Hahn

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

2 of 4

“..the outrageously funny and pointed Borat, the mostly funny and slightly pointed Bruno and, now, the rude and goofy The Dictator..”
by Liam Lacey [Globe and Mail]
Review rate : B-

“..the film suffers many of the same problems that Ali G Indahouse had: there are many funny moments, but at times it definitely felt like it was trying too hard..”
by Spencer Fornaciari [MacGuffin]
“..that potential is mostly squandered in "The Dictator," which gestures halfheartedly toward topicality and, with equal lack of conviction, toward pure, anarchic silliness..”
by A.O. Scott [New York Times]
“..no joke in "The Dictator" is funnier..”
by Peter Debruge [Variety]
“..like the SNL movies, The Dictator has a central character who is constructed from two-dimensional schtick..”
by Devin Faraci [BadAss Digest]
2.5 of 4

“..it's not filmed correctly. Re-watch "Borat" sometime to see how fearless satirists get away with murder. This movie's more conventional..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
“..it's more nuanced and intellectually satisfying than one expects and is preceded by a pointed political speech that will rile up pro- and anti-American establishment sentiment for different reasons..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]
Review rate : B

“..it's enough to make a despot cry..”
by Chris Vognar [Dallas Morning News]
“..it riffs wildly on fish-out-of-water and rom-com cliches that are known to go flabby when a film runs long..”
by Amy Biancolli [San Francisco Chronicle]
4 of 5

“..iIt doesn't, in truth, offer much of a twist on the genre. It does, however, deliver laughs and weapons-grade offensiveness..”
by Peter Bradshaw [Guardian [UK]]
“..funny, in addition to being obscene, disgusting, scatological, vulgar, crude and so on..”
by Roger Ebert [Chicago Sun-Times]
4 of 5

“..for all its absurdities, "The Dictator" is both more structured and more polished than his earlier works..”
by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
2 of 4

“..at times, The Dictator plays out like a war between two movies: a savvy, barbed satire and a flaccid, generic potty-mouthed comedy..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
3.5 of 5

“..a gaggle of great performers keeps things extra-engaging throughout..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]

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