The Dictator Synopsis
A tyrant risks all to prevent democracy in his country.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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One of the funniest movies ever!!

By nng
The trailers don't do this movie justice...it was FUNNIER than I had expected, and was so hilarious I couldn't stop laughing/crying. Every minute/moment was full of witty jokes, yes racial jokes but...

Hilarious!!!

By mavram
This movie is hilarious and loads of fun. You have to have an open mind and a great sense of humor to see this movie and love it. I thought it was clever, very funny, and thoroughly entertaining....

The Dictator

By missdianahuang
The movie in the beginning played what the trailers showed. However, it was a pretty good movie overall. It created lots of laughter in the theater and was a funny movie in general. I enjoyed the...

Fantastic movie: The Dictator

By belferradj
My wife and I went and saw this movie yesterday in Torrance Del Amo movies complex. It was the most hilarious movie I have ever seen. My wife and being originally from Algeria, could relate so well...

No Go

By zohreh1486
I'm a huge fan and this movie was a complete let down......

Enjoyable-- a straight up comedy with a point.

By jjr1567
This is a straight forward comic movie, no ambush interviews, or outrageous characters trapping people into absurd situations, but a standard, and very funny, satire, with a point to make (as all good...

just see the trailers

By Mr. Newsom
All the best parts were in the trailers. It's hard to laugh at a joke you've already seen ten times. Also a bit preachy. Mildly funny....

Laugh a minute...

By geobone
This movie was, as expected, a raucous, unfiltered, inappropriate and hilarious Cohen film as you would expect. The underlying social commentary was right on and was nicely tied together at the end...

why?

By daughtersFATHER
who can think that there is ever hope for a world that is sick ? what's the purpose of the language and nudity? this should be considered X X X . Seriously. can't ya find something better to...

gotta see it!

By mike_mrstik
Some friends and myself (all guys) went to see this..it was by far one of the funniest movies i've ever seen. Definitely not a movie to take a girl to on a date, but if you're looking for a good laugh...

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Rated R | For Strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images
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