The Dictator

The Dictator

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The Dictator

Sacha Baron Cohen comedy, directed by Larry Charles (BoratCurb Your Enthusiasm), about a tyrant hell-bent on ensuring democracy never arrives in the country he lovingly oppresses. Co-stars Anna Faris, John C. Reilly and Ben Kingsley.

However, during a tour of the USA, a UN operative shaves off Admiral General Aladeen's iconic facial hair. Dumped on the streets, the unrecognisable Wadiyan leader is forced to live life as an average American.

2012Rating: R16, contains offensive language, sexual material & other content that may offend84 minsUSA
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Reviews & comments

Timoteo77

Some will see The Dictator as being one big sick joke, and be offended. Others--perhaps more philosophical in nature--already view life as being a sick joke...you've got the choice to let it throw you at every turn, or ultimately just laugh at the absurdity of it all The latter are the folks who will laugh lustily and without guilt at the humor of Sacha...

3.0
0

The Dictator

Yet another boundry pushing Sacha Baron Cohen movie! But it certainly is excellent! To enjoy this person movie you must be able to detach yourself from realities problems, and laugh at the awfulness of the world. As my friend said "I didn't want to laugh too loud, in case everyone else thought I was a bad person". But it's alright EVERYONE was laughing!...

4.0
0

The Non-Script Comedian Goes On Script

Sacha Baron Cohen hasn't been one to avoid stirring the pot of controversy with his previous films, even though the biggest draw from these was the reactions he would get from an unknowing public. So does he lose any of the controversy now that the reactions are scripted? "The Dictator" tells the story of Admiral General Hafez Aladeen, ruler of the...

3.0
0

The Dic-tator

The Dictator First things first, its a game of two halves, its Sacha Baron Cohen (SBC) so lets face it, either your going to watch this film because you'll love it or you're watching it so you can pick it to pieces. Most things in this flick are of course predictable, yet there are some wonderful gems (like the helicopter ride, and just the colorful way SBC...

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Typically, political correctness couldn't be farther from the filmmakers' mind, and yet, what the picture most sorely lacks is the sort of humanist appeal Chaplin delivered at the close of "The Great Dictator."

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Outrageous, outlandish and overboard, The Dictator will satisfy Cohen's army of fans. But it never feels as funny, full-on or fresh as "Borat" and "Brüno."

3.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Fans of the nasty Baron Cohen may regret his being borderline nice in The Dictator. But we should welcome his decision to stop being the best at something few others dare try and instead to inhabit a more familiar comedy style--just going denser, wilder, better. He pulls it off.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Dictator isn't going to win awards and it isn't as hip as Borat. Big goofy outrageous laughs is what it has to offer.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Dictator is funny, in addition to being obscene, disgusting, scatological, vulgar, crude and so on.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Formulaic, yet scrappy, and extremely funny in fits and starts, General Aladeen is the first of Cohen comic creations to get a better vehicle than it probably deserves.

3.0
0
Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

press

A superb vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen's over-the-top socio-political outrageousness.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Typically, political correctness couldn't be farther from the filmmakers' mind, and yet, what the picture most sorely lacks is the sort of humanist appeal Chaplin delivered at the close of "The Great Dictator."

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Outrageous, outlandish and overboard, The Dictator will satisfy Cohen's army of fans. But it never feels as funny, full-on or fresh as "Borat" and "Brüno."

3.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Fans of the nasty Baron Cohen may regret his being borderline nice in The Dictator. But we should welcome his decision to stop being the best at something few others dare try and instead to inhabit a more familiar comedy style--just going denser, wilder, better. He pulls it off.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The Dictator isn't going to win awards and it isn't as hip as Borat. Big goofy outrageous laughs is what it has to offer.

4.0
0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

The Dictator is funny, in addition to being obscene, disgusting, scatological, vulgar, crude and so on.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Formulaic, yet scrappy, and extremely funny in fits and starts, General Aladeen is the first of Cohen comic creations to get a better vehicle than it probably deserves.

3.0
0
Box Office Magazine

Box Office Magazine

press

A superb vehicle for Sacha Baron Cohen's over-the-top socio-political outrageousness.

4.0
0

Timoteo77

Some will see The Dictator as being one big sick joke, and be offended. Others--perhaps more philosophical in nature--already view life as being a sick joke...you've got the choice to let it throw you at every turn, or ultimately just laugh at the absurdity of it all The latter are the folks who will laugh lustily and without guilt at the humor of...

3.0
0

The Dictator

Yet another boundry pushing Sacha Baron Cohen movie! But it certainly is excellent! To enjoy this person movie you must be able to detach yourself from realities problems, and laugh at the awfulness of the world. As my friend said "I didn't want to laugh too loud, in case everyone else thought I was a bad person". But it's alright EVERYONE was laughing!...

4.0
0

The Non-Script Comedian Goes On Script

Sacha Baron Cohen hasn't been one to avoid stirring the pot of controversy with his previous films, even though the biggest draw from these was the reactions he would get from an unknowing public. So does he lose any of the controversy now that the reactions are scripted? "The Dictator" tells the story of Admiral General Hafez Aladeen, ruler of the...

3.0
0

The Dic-tator

The Dictator First things first, its a game of two halves, its Sacha Baron Cohen (SBC) so lets face it, either your going to watch this film because you'll love it or you're watching it so you can pick it to pieces. Most things in this flick are of course predictable, yet there are some wonderful gems (like the helicopter ride, and just the colorful way...

5.0
0