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The Dictator: Banned & Unrated

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Larry Charles

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About the Movie

Featuring never-before-seen footage, thatʼs outrageous and shamefully funny! The creators and star of Borat bring you the hilarious comedy about what happens when the worldʼs worst dictator comes to America. Stuck in New York and stripped of his power, Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen) is finally forced to live his ultimate nightmare…the American dream. *Original theatrical version banned in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Korea, and Uzbekistan.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 212
  • Fresh: 121
  • Rotten: 91
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Dictator starts at outrageous and rockets on from there. Screw the occasional sputter. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, May 16, 2012

Rotten: The film has a vicious edge that the Marx Brothers didn't have, and it's too low-minded to achieve their enchanting blend of anarchy and surrealism. – David Denby, New Yorker, May 29, 2012

Rotten: Now [Cohen is] turning material both fresh and rancid into tepid gruel. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, May 17, 2012

Fresh: Underrated comic excellence from Sacha Baron Cohen with plenty of sharp satire lacing the broader gross-out gags. – Catherine Bray, Film4, Mar 4, 2013

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Customer Reviews


I personally love Sacha Baron Cohen's brand of humor. It's hilariously offensive, disturbingly vulgar, and unapologetically tasteless. Not to mention the man is one of the most brilliant and committed character actors in Hollywood today. So when I heard that his latest movie, "The Dictator", would be a scripted comedy rather than a mockumentary like "Borat" and "Bruno", I was a bit suspicious as to whether or not he'd be able to pull it off. The character of General Aladeen seemed amusing and outrageous enough for a film about him to work, so I decided to see it with mixed expectations in mind. And I was right to do so. While "The Dictator" is just as shamelessly crude and politically incorrect as Baron Cohen's past movies, it isn't as clever, original, or consistently funny as it should be. The story itself is basically the same fish-out-of-water scenario we've seen many times before. A tyrannical, buffoonish North African despot who survives a coup attempt is stripped of his identity and left wandering the streets of New York City until a kindly hippie grocer (Anna Faris) takes a shine to him. The main problem with this plot isn't that it's unoriginal or too simple, but that it fails to take the film to new creative heights. Now, there is a particular exception in this case, since Baron Cohen does manage to completely rip apart the American political system in one memorable scene. But for the most part, we're left with countless cringe-inducing gross-out moments and random pop culture references with hit-or-miss effects. Though, that's not to say I didn't laugh a few times while watching this movie because I certainly did. I couldn't help but crack up at Baron Cohen's witty political observations and obscenely crude lines. Was all his material laugh-out-loud funny? No, but he still deserves plenty of credit for staying impressively committed to character the entire time, just like in all his other movies. Anna Faris, Ben Kingsley, and John C. Reilly are also entertaining as the supporting cast, even though none of their roles ever stand out comedically. As a whole, I enjoyed "The Dictator", even if it did suffer from uneven pacing and conventional storytelling. The characters were funny, the humor was fast-paced and wildly over-the-top, and the script was smartly written at times. The film may not be Sacha Baron Cohen's best, but if you're a fan of hysterically crude political satires like "Team America: World Police", it's worth seeing at lease once.

Funniest movie I have ever seen

I will buy this movies as soon as it hits iTunes

Brilliant, but relentless political humor

The only reason this film got such mixed reviews is because a lot of people simply didn't get its offbeat style of political humor. It's not afraid to overstep boundries and exploit social taboos. This film is absolutely ruthless with its political commentary. This film made me laugh harder than most comedies I've ever seen, and is definately one of the best. Absolutely fantastic.

The Dictator: Banned & Unrated
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2012

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