The Dictator
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 57%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film has a vicious edge that the Marx Brothers didn't have, and it's too low-minded to achieve their enchanting blend of anarchy and surrealism."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"Most of The Dictator had me neither laughing nor shocked, but just staring at the screen in anxious is-that-all-there-is? silence."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"This comedy succeeds as a crude, inventive and humours look at a dumb despot."
‑ John Hanlon, John Hanlon Reviews
"Underrated comic excellence from Sacha Baron Cohen with plenty of sharp satire lacing the broader gross-out gags."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"By now, what looked like good dirty fun, a funhouse mirror pointed at America, has calcified into easy shtick."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Now [Cohen is] turning material both fresh and rancid into tepid gruel."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A bit scattershot and schticky, the film never quite settles into a consistent comic rhythm. Yet for fans of Baron Cohen's work there are plenty of moments of crass hilarity."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"This is not a character who can hold the center of a movie for 90 minutes."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Consistently offensive, and not in a way that should automatically be dismissed as 'edgy' or 'provocative'."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"The publicity stunts for promoting The Dictator were funnier than the actual movie."
‑ Clay Cane,
"On the laughmeter The Dictator is closer to Borat than to the misfired Bruno, which is to say it's funny for about half of its brisk 83 minutes."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"For the most part, the movie's rhythms feel slightly off -- there are long stretches without a laugh -- and there is a mean-spirited air to the whole thing."
‑ Randy Cordova, Arizona Republic
"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.'"
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"The film's writers understand that satire is infinitely more powerful when it's accessible"
‑ Charlie Lyne, Ultra Culture
"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?"
‑ Kofi Outlaw, ScreenRant
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