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The Dictator (2012)



Critic Consensus: Wildly uneven but consistently provocative, The Dictator is a decent entry in the poli-slapstick comedy genre.

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The heroic story of a North African dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed. -- (C) Paramount

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Sacha Baron Cohen
as Aladeen/Efawadh
Megan Fox
as Herself
JB Smoove
as Funeral Usher
Michele Berg
as Aladeen's Mother
Liam Campora
as Aladeen Age 6
Rizwan Manji
as Patient
Rick Chambers
as Newscaster Voiceover
Adeel Akhtar
as Maroush
Horatio Sanz
as Aide on Balcony
Rocky Citron
as Baby Aladeen
Justo Usin
as Assassin
Joey Slotnick
as Homeless Man
Ian Roberts
as NYC Cop
Chris Parnell
as News Anchor
David Wolos Fonteno
as Secretary General
Anna Katarina
as Angela Merkel
William Fowle
as Delegate
Bobby Lee
as Mr. Lao
Olek Krupa
as Gazprom Executive
Alan Cox
as BP Executive
George Bartenieff
as Romanian Accountant
Fred Armisen
as Waiter/Minister
Elena Goode
as Virgin Guard
Dawn Zimniak
as Virgin Guard
Danielle Burgio
as Virgin Guard
Dominique DiCaprio
as Virgin Guard
Aja Frary
as Virgin Guard
Naz Homa
as Virgin Guard
Elsayed Mohamed
as Wadiyan Olympic Official
Fred Melamed
as Head Nuclear Scientist
Sean T. Krishnan
as Waiter/Cereal Loving Soldier
Eliyas Qureshi
as Angry Wadiyan Diner
Chris Elliott
as Mr. Ogden
Jon Glaser
as Obnoxious Customer
Daniel Burress
as Customer in Bathroom
Pete Wiggins
as Bratty Kid Customer
Adam Le Fevre
as Man in Helicopter
Marceline Hugot
as Woman in Helicopter
Anthony Mangano
as Arresting Officer
Melissa Francis
as Local News Reporter
Tim J. Ellis
as Offended Customer
Michael Hardart
as Store Customer
Miriam Tolan
as Health Inspector's Wife
Zachary Mackiewicz
as Health Inspector's Son
Hollis Granville
as Eldridge Douglas
Ann Dev'Unay
as Mourner
Sondra James
as Friendly Customer
Tara Copeland
as Mom Shopping with Toddler
Sydney Berry
as Toddler
Kathryn Hahn
as Pregnant Woman
Seth Morris
as Pregnant Woman
Kate Pak
as Mrs. Lao
Tracey Ruggiero
as Mugging Victim
Karl Jacob
as Aladeen Double
Marcia Debonais
as Woman in Hotel Window
Nasim Pedrad
as Female GMW
Mousa Kraish
as Wadiyan Soldier
Neimah Djourabchi
as Wadiyan Soldier
Sevan Greene
as Wadiyan Soldier
Nadav Malmud
as Wadiyan Soldier
Fred North
as Helicopter Pilot (NYC)
Fred Hanna
as Helicopter Pilot (NYC)
William Richards
as Helicopter Pilot
Marc Wolff
as Helicopter Pilot (Spain)
Cordell King
as Helicopter Ground Crewperson
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Critic Reviews for The Dictator

All Critics (223) | Top Critics (65)

I think I can feel it disappearing from my mind even as I am trying to remember it... It's Baron Cohen going at 50mph rather than 100mph.

August 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The problem is that, unlike Ali G, Borat, and Brüno, Aladeen is less a force of nature than a scripted performance.

May 3, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Both the laughter and the satire had crawled off and quietly died.

June 1, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The film has a vicious edge that the Marx Brothers didn't have, and it's too low-minded to achieve their enchanting blend of anarchy and surrealism.

May 22, 2012 | Full Review…

You would strain to identify The Dictator as a clever movie. But it doesn't quite work as a big dumb movie either.

May 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/5

Now [Cohen is] turning material both fresh and rancid into tepid gruel.

May 17, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Dictator

This time Cohen didn't meet idiots as a fake character, exposing their bigotry but instead made a real film with a bit of a plot and actors. The humpor is still the same. Imagine every insulting stereotype about arabs, terror and dictatorship but also body openings and sex and it's probably in this film. That's sometimes cringe worthy and sometimes hilarious. The biggest surprise is "Aladeen's" speech about why the USA is even against dictatorships. That's incredibly smart, spot-on and, sadly, horribly current.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Boring. They missed a great opportunity here.

Joseph Brightly
Joseph Brightly

Super Reviewer


In this overly PC world (and ultra PC UK) Sacha Baron Cohen is an exhilarating breath of fresh air that is most welcome. This new film isn't quite as good as his previous films, 'Bruno' being the best for me, 'Borat' coming second and lastly 'Ali G' but this is only down to Ali G needing a better film, the character is probably his best creation. As for 'The Dictator' its a sterling effort in harsh political satire, more typical stereotypes and vulgar verbal humour but the approach lets it down. Bruno and Borat were brilliant because they were basically a collection of individual embarrassing real time sketches that humiliated other people by Cohen himself, these were all linked together to make a loose general plot. This new film goes down the route of Ali G by having a rather poor plot, it seems to run along the same lines as 'Coming to America' albeit a completely racist, sexist bigot filled version. So the proper story route doesn't really work as well for Cohen's skills if you ask me but there are still some great comical cringeworthy scenes to be seen. The dialect/language of John C. Reilly's character in his scenes are really quite unbelievable! you're watching and thinking to yourself, should I be laughing at this? is it political...ah who cares. I enjoyed it but its not the best he's done. The beginning was good when he was all powerful and the sequences where he is getting used to life not being all powerful were good but it lags through the middle and the happy-ish ending spoils it a little. End of the day you all should know what to expect from Cohen and you all know he doesn't beat around the bush, this guy has balls!. Its offensive and in your face so only watch if you like the guy, simple really.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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