Rated R · 83 minutes · 2012

It’s a shame Sacha Baron Cohen can’t stop telling the same kind of infantile jokes over and over and over in his films. Clearly, the guy has a wild imagination and plenty of talent. But The Dictator is a large-scale rehash of Borat and Bruno, and it’s not even as good as Bruno, which should say all you need to know. The stranger-in-a-strange-land motif seems to be Baron Cohen’s only storytelling device. Instead of a naive Kazakh reporter or an oblivious gay reporter, the character thrust upon the world is Admiral General Aladeen (Baron Cohen), who rules the African country of Wadiya with an iron fist. He’s the victim of a coup on a trip to address the United Nations in New York; this leads to an endless stream of sexist and racist jokes. It’s time for Baron Cohen to find a new gimmick.

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Official Site: www.republicofwadiya.com
Director: Larry Charles
Producer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff Schaffer, Anthony Hines, Scott Rudin, Todd Schulman, Peter Baynham, Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda, Dan Mazer and Adam McKay
Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, Jason Mantzoukas, Kevin Corrigan, Megan Fox, Fred Armisen, Sayed Badreya, Aasif Mandvi, Chris Parnell, Bobby Lee, Mitchell Green, Anna Katarina and Jessica St. Clair


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Portland Mercury Like Borat, Except Not Funny The Dictator is a 90-minute-long MTV Movie Awards sketch. by Vince Mancini 05/17/2012
The Coast Halifax The Dictator swings low Low brow breeds low interest by Jacob Boon 05/17/2012
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Charleston City Paper The Dictator proves Sacha Baron Cohen can deliver without unwitting suckers With The Dictator, Sacha Baron Cohen finds himself addressing a situation no entertainer wants to confront: What do you do when the shtick that was your bread-and-butter just can't work any more? by Scott Renshaw 05/16/2012
Indy Week Sacha Baron Cohen spoofs post-9/11 U.S. in The Dictator The most immediate criticism of The Dictator is also its biggest strength: It is extremely offensive. by Grayson Currin 05/16/2012
Colorado Springs Independent Despotic genius: The Dictator What do you do when the shtick that was your bread and butter just can't work anymore? by Scott Renshaw 05/16/2012
Creative Loafing Atlanta Sacha Baron Cohen's funny, flawed Dictator You'll laugh without anyone pointing a gun at your head by Curt Holman 05/14/2012
Style Weekly Total Submission Sacha Baron Cohen succumbs to potty humor with "The Dictator." by Wayne Melton 05/29/2012
Arkansas Times 'The Dictator': a bad movie worth seeing Sacha Baron Cohen's latest explores well-trod territory. by Sam Eifling 05/23/2012

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