85

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
The Dictator, for all its liberal leanings, doesn't let anyone off the hook, not even well-intentioned liberals. Cohen comes right out and says things that most of us, in polite conversation, wouldn't dare. He knows it's the impolite conversation that really gets things moving.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The easily offended will be appalled. The rarely offended may be appalled. But they'll have to stop laughing long enough to realize it.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Cohen employs a comic range that ricochets between wicked political barbs and the lowest anatomical farce, to often funny and occasionally hilarious effect.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Mixes its high and low comedy with surprising success.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
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.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The Dictator leaves you laughing helplessly. It starts at outrageous and rockets on from there. Screw the occasional sputter.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
After laughing at crudely funny scenes in The Dictator, there's a cringing sensation of guilt.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
You're left with an inert, politically neutral movie, a satire that can't bring itself to properly satirize anything.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
What's shocking this time is how tame Sacha Baron Cohen's newest wild man is, for all the kerfuffle the comedian can stir up on the ­promotional trail.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Sacha Baron Cohen's tosses off some sensationally funny stuff before descending into a rat-a-tat rhythm of random insult and ritual vulgarity.
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58 out of 100
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