Release Date: May 16, 2012
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Larry Charles
Screenwriter: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, David Mandel
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris
MPAA Rating: R
Wildly uneven but consistently provocative, The Dictator is a decent entry in the poli-slapstick comedy genre.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The Dictator starts at outrageous and rockets on from there. Screw the occasional sputter"
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"On the laughmeter The Dictator is closer to Borat than to the misfired Bruno, which is to say it's funny for about half of its brisk 83 minutes."
Dana Stevens, Slate
"Most of The Dictator had me neither laughing nor shocked, but just staring at the screen in anxious is-that-all-there-is? silence."
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