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, eFilmCritic.com
"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, BET.com
"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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