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100
Very nice. I like Borat very much. I think it is, as everybody has been saying, the funniest movie in years.
100
You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat. High-five!
100
It's screamingly, hysterically, laugh-through-the-next-joke, laugh-for-the-next-week funny. It's so inventive...This is a film by an original and significant comic intelligence.
100
New York Daily News
Though Borat has been likened to "Jackass," there's a huge difference. The "Jackass" movies are about extreme stunts. Borat is about interaction and gullibility, and its success is unique to both Cohen and to this one-time-only movie.
100
Chicago Tribune
Borat is a rarity: a comedy whose middle name is danger, or as the Kazakhs say, kauwip-kater.
100
New York Post
I can't wait to see Borat, which has twice as many laughs as all of this year's other movie comedies combined, for a fourth time.
91
Entertainment Weekly
When Baron Cohen works without a net, he flies.
90
Wall Street Journal
Not since the halcyon days of Archie Bunker and "All in the Family" has so sharp a wit punctured so many balloons.
88
Borat is most gloriously funny moving picture for to make people see their stupidness.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
Baron Cohen brings scary conviction to the performance.
80
With his corrosive brand of take-no-prisoners humor that scalds on contact, Cohen is the most intentionally provocative comedian since Lenny Bruce and early Richard Pryor, with a difference. For unlike those predecessors, there is a mean-spiritedness, an every-man-for-himself coldness about his humor. The one kind of laughter you won't find in Borat is that which acknowledges shared humanity. Instead, there is that pitiless staple of reality TV, watching others humiliate themselves for our viewing pleasure.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
The weapon wielded by Cohen and Charles is crudeness. People today, especially those in public life, can disguise prejudice in coded language and soft tones. Bigotry is ever so polite now. So the filmmakers mean to drag the beast out into the sunlight of brilliant satire and let everyone see the rotting, stinking, foul thing for what it is. When you laugh at something that is bad, it loses much of its power.

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