• Released
  • August 29, 2012
  • (NY)
  • NR , 1 hr 33 min
  • Documentary
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88

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Picture Graham Greene crossed with James Bond, with a splash of Sacha Baron Cohen, and you'll start to imagine the nervy talents of Mads Brügger, the fearless Danish filmmaker who has for a second time come up with a stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

It may feel like 'Borat,' but Mads Brugger's documentary is a comical look at an unfunny place.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By James Adams
The Ambassador may be an important, even necessary film; just don't expect to find it enjoyable.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
At what point did I realize The Ambassador was an actual documentary, and not a fraud? Perhaps when I realized that everyone in the film was just as dishonest, venal and corrupt as they seemed - including the director.
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67

Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
We bear witness, via Brügger's film, to the slow-motion train wreck that high-echelon, African graft becomes.
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60

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Within the first ten minutes, the movie proves the point that exploitation in Africa is rampant, but never goes any deeper than that; it's an undercover endeavor that never feels as if much is actually being uncovered.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
His outlandish story feels only half-told - though still twice as fascinating as most.
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50

Slant Magazine

Bothing is pointedly outlandish in Mads Brügger's latest, a fact that represents its triumphs and burdens.
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40

Boxoffice Magazine

By Ray Greene
A movie whose confusing narrative and at times intriguing parts are at war with each other, and never quite gel.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style.
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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