(2012)

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85
The Dictator, for all its liberal leanings, doesn't let anyone off the hook, not even well-intentioned liberals. Cohen comes right out and says things that most of us, in polite conversation, wouldn't dare. He knows it's the impolite conversation that really gets things moving.
80
The easily offended will be appalled. The rarely offended may be appalled. But they'll have to stop laughing long enough to realize it.
80
Cohen employs a comic range that ricochets between wicked political barbs and the lowest anatomical farce, to often funny and occasionally hilarious effect.
75
The Dictator's over-the-top rant against the rank lunacy of authoritarianism deploys comedy like an act of violence; it's outrageous, quick and leaves us breathless, whether from laughter or shock.
75
Mixes its high and low comedy with surprising success.
75
The Dictator is funny, in addition to being obscene, disgusting, scatological, vulgar, crude and so on.
75
Too short and undisciplined to be a world-class comedy, but its chutzpah deserves respect.
63
After laughing at crudely funny scenes in The Dictator, there's a cringing sensation of guilt.
63
The Dictator leaves you laughing helplessly. It starts at outrageous and rockets on from there. Screw the occasional sputter.
60
By turns hysterical, heretical, guilty, innocent, silly, sophisticated, teasing and tedious.
42
What's shocking this time is how tame Sacha Baron Cohen's newest wild man is, for all the kerfuffle the comedian can stir up on the ­promotional trail.
40
Sacha Baron Cohen's tosses off some sensationally funny stuff before descending into a rat-a-tat rhythm of random insult and ritual vulgarity.

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