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The Dictator


Rated R for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images.

R In Theaters 05/16/2012 , 83min.
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Critic score based on 41 reviews

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September 01, 2012
The right amount of over the top stereotypes coupled with a brilliant performance by Cohen make The Dictator one of the funniest comedies of 2012. Please Sasha, continue to expose the ridiculous prejudices and preconceptions we all harbor with your amazing comedy.
August 27, 2012
Gold, as always with Sacha. Laughed the entire time!
August 01, 2012
Much !!unny!!!
June 14, 2012
A crude and sophomoric film, deliberately offensive. Sascha Baron Cohen has a dedicated following but I don't get it.
June 12, 2012
I thought this was a hilarious film, ********* not for everybody. I overheard an old lady tell another old lady that she'd like to tell somebody she hates to see it so they'll have to suffer.

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A.O. Scott
The New York Times
That potential is mostly squandered in The Dictator, which gestures halfheartedly toward topicality and, with equal lack of conviction, toward pure, anarchic silliness. Full Review
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
The Dictator's over-the-top rant against the rank lunacy of authoritarianism deploys comedy like an act of violence; it's outrageous, quick and leaves us breathless, whether from laughter or shock. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Even amid the hit-and-miss broadsides and laugh-free longueurs that comprise most of The Dictator, Cohen's acute hypocrisy-detector keeps on ticking, if barely. Full Review
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
By turns hysterical, heretical, guilty, innocent, silly, sophisticated, teasing and tedious. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
After laughing at crudely funny scenes in The Dictator, there's a cringing sensation of guilt. Full Review
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