The Dictator
The Dictator (2012)

The heroic story of a North African dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. -- (C) Paramount

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 16, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wildly uneven but consistently provocative, The Dictator is a decent entry in the poli-slapstick comedy genre.

David Denby
New Yorker

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.

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Dana Stevens

Most of The Dictator had me neither laughing nor shocked, but just staring at the screen in anxious is-that-all-there-is? silence.

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Yasmin Shehab

The most offensive thing about this film is that it completely lacks a sense of humour.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Now [Cohen is] turning material both fresh and rancid into tepid gruel.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

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.

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J. Hoberman

The problem is that, unlike Ali G, Borat, and Brüno, Aladeen is less a force of nature than a scripted performance.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic

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.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

Feels more like one of those lousy SNL movies from the early nineties than the work of our sharpest contemporary satirist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Joseph Brightly
Boring. They missed a great opportunity here.
I was quite bored with this movie. It wasn't funny or clever. It was just annoying and stupid. I didn't intend to watch it but thought I would see… More
Phil Hubbs
In this overly PC world (and ultra PC UK) Sacha Baron Cohen is an exhilarating breath of fresh air that is most welcome. This new film isn't quite as good… More
Melvin White
General Aladeen: From the mountain tops of North Korea to the jungles of Zimbabwe, let every child labourer and sweat shop factory worker sing... Oppressed at… More
Curtis Lilly
Unwatchable. And I love Sacha movies.
Lucas Martins
Crude to some members of the audience with a silly slapstick, The Dictator become a terrific black comedy, with together the political satire and critic. The… More