The Dictator (2012) Review:

By order of this glorious dictator, do not watch this movie.

The film's first joke.
The film’s first joke.

Director: Larry Charles

Runtime: 83 minutes

Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Anna Faris, John C. Reilly, Sayed Badreya, Ben Kingsley, et al…

Plot (taken from IMDb): The heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.

The Dictator attempts to follow the successful formula of Borat, but is a wholly scripted affair. Saacha Baron Cohen plays Aladeen – a dictator of fictional country The Republic of Wadiya, who is sent to the USA over concerns about his country’s nuclear program; suffice to say, it all goes wrong – as does the film.

The film's second joke.
The film’s second joke.

Indeed, the opening of the movie is okay, the jokes about him killing anyone who says something wrong and general dictator jokes are fine, but they aren’t exactly great. However, once the movie gets into the plot near the beginning of the film it loses all of its humour, while reusing similar jokes to that found in the beginning ad nauseam. It tries for offensive and puerile humour, but the only thing offensive about this film is how badly written, directed and acted it is.

Seriously, The Dictator is not funny; it falls flat 99% of the time it tries to tell a joke and is overly cringe-worthy when it doesn’t. The Dictator falls horrendously at its most basic hurdle – the comedy. This is a film that doesn’t deserve anything other than being rejected, or if owned, immediately sold. I feel sorry for anyone who this tripe in the cinema.


Not recommendable in the slightest, The Dictator may very well be the worst movie I have ever seen. I know you may now want to watch it, and I can say is “prove me wrong kids… prove me wrong”.

I’d rather watch anything else.



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