Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Journalist Borat Sagdiyev leaves his native Kazakhstan to travel to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences. His backward behavior generates strong reactions around him, exposing prejudices and hypocrisies in American culture. In some cases, Borat's interview subjects embrace his outrageous views on race and sex by agreeing with him, while others attempt to offer a patriotic lesson in Western values.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The backlash just proves how deep a nerve the faux Kazakh journalist has hit."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"I did find this to be one of the more inventive, aggressively offensive and insanely tasteless comedies in many a year. And yeah, that's a thumbs-up."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Borat... is a not only a very good comedy but is also an interesting sociological experiment as to how numerous individuals in the USA would respond to a man such as Borat, and often the reactions are interesting and vastly entertaining."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Borat is the rare comedy that operates without a safety net. Cohen and director Larry Charles' film provides constant laughter and surprises while daring the viewer to be rightfully offended."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Borat is the funniest film imaginable right now."
‑ Matthew De Abaitua, Film4
"Borat is a serious work of social criticism. But it's also the funniest movie I've ever seen."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Borat is so gut-bustingly funny it should carry a health warning."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Frequently uproarious and occasionally side-splitting -- but it's very hit-or-miss, prone to stretches of unnecessary crudeness and flat one-liners."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Although I knew it was dishonest, cynical, and the ultimate in cheap-shot humor, I laughed more at Borat than at any other film this year. So I guess the joke is on me."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"The most impressive ingredient is Cohen, whose inflection and timing are dead-on as he negotiates a vague accent, a native language composed of gibberish and a sprinkling of Polish, and a way of making tired American jokes funny again."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"The theory of comedy here is that you can get away with almost anything if you manage to make your target audience feel superior to the human beings being mocked on the screen."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Cohen's genius lies in combining the chameleon-like virtuosity of Peter Sellers with the balls-out fearlessness of the Jackass crew."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Often functions hilariously as an exposé of squirming American tolerance shading into condescension toward the rest of the world"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Borat's cultural learning is revealing, even if it doesn't adequately convey how it benefits glorious nation of Kazakhstan."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, House Next Door
"America, you got punk'd and the result is horrifying. Borat paints a picture of the American landscape that would induce nightmares were you not laughing so hard."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,

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