Excerpt: Once there was a brilliant comic filmmaker who ignored the typical rules his colleagues played by and produced some of the great film comedies of his time, often poking fun at the social ideas of the world around him. For his first move away from his typical style he decided to take on his largest target yet, a brutal dictator whose protestations of peace were obviously at odds with his actions and who was ripe to be taken down a peg.
Excerpt: To a dictator, the little things matter. For instance, imagine you begin instituting a nuclear weapons program and your top engineer designs the missiles with a round top, not a pointy one. That’s cause for execution. For Admiral General Aladeen (Sacha Baron Cohen), his life is full of those problems, although people who wrong him are simply executed. It weens down the gene pool rapidly, or ensures his own brand of wild idiocy stays in power.
Conclusion: 'The Dictator' is a funny but uneven comedy from Sacha Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles. While a lot of the celebrated performer's comedic trademarks are present, the end results lack consistency, and the filmmakers' satire isn't as sharp as it could have been. While there are a few issues here and there, the video transfer and audio mix are both very solid. Outside of some amusing deleted scenes, the special features are disappointingly slim.
Excerpt: The Film You can't spell The Dictator without "dic" -- and you should expect to see some of that as well as an entire in-vagina scene in Sasha Baron Cohen's new spectacle. If you were one of the many offended by Borat and Cohen's follow-up Bruno , you'd be wise to shield yourself from this one. Absolutely nothing is off limits here, from a film dedication to Kim Jong-il to 911 jokes to a supposed tryst with Oprah. For the rest, well... this film is kind of funny.
Excerpt: I can’t help but chuckle, really, as I sit down and write this review of The Dictator . Those familiar with the work of Sacha Baron Cohen’s work in previous film roles like Borat or Bruno will have an idea as to what to expect with this latest effort and for those that don’t know his unique comic… style ; well you’re in for a treat (be it good or bad is to be determined). Sacha Baron Cohen has always been at the heart of controversy and that’s the way he likes it.
Conclusion: Ultimately, The Dictator will probably go down as one of those love-it or hate-it Sacha Baron Cohen films. It's vulgar and at times distasteful, but it's also a brilliant send-up of third-world dictators and the world in which they live and the shape they give it. The character is an amalgamation of all the big ones and so nonsensical that the entire thing borders on the cartoonish, but therein lies the fun.