The Dictator (2012)



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

Movie Info

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

Rating: R (for strong crude and sexual content, brief male nudity, language and some violent images)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alec Berg, Jeff Schaffer, David Mandel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2012
Box Office: $59.6M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


as Aladeen/Efawadh

as Herself

as Funeral Usher

as Aladeen's Mother

as Aladeen Age 6

as Patient

as Newscaster Voiceover

as Maroush

as Aide on Balcony

as Baby Aladeen

as Assassin

as Homeless Man

as NYC Cop

as News Anchor

as Secretary General

as Angela Merkel

as Delegate

as Mr. Lao

as Gazprom Executive

as BP Executive

as Romanian Accountant

as Waiter/Minister

as Virgin Guard

as Virgin Guard

as Virgin Guard

as Virgin Guard

as Virgin Guard

as Virgin Guard

as Wadiyan Olympic Offi...

as Head Nuclear Scienti...

as Waiter/Cereal Loving...

as Angry Wadiyan Diner

as Mr. Ogden

as Obnoxious Customer

as Customer in Bathroom

as Bratty Kid Customer

as Man in Helicopter

as Woman in Helicopter

as Arresting Officer

as Local News Reporter

as Offended Customer

as Store Customer

as Health Inspector's W...

as Health Inspector's S...

as Eldridge Douglas

as Mourner

as Friendly Customer

as Mom Shopping with To...

as Toddler

as Pregnant Woman

as Pregnant Woman

as Mrs. Lao

as Mugging Victim

as Aladeen Double

as Woman in Hotel Windo...

as Female GMW

as Wadiyan Soldier

as Wadiyan Soldier

as Wadiyan Soldier

as Wadiyan Soldier

as Helicopter Pilot (NY...

as Helicopter Pilot (NY...

as Helicopter Pilot

as Helicopter Pilot (Sp...

as Helicopter Ground Cr...

as Mr. Ogden
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Dictator

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Dictator

All Critics (211) | Top Critics (44)

Feels more like one of those lousy SNL movies from the early nineties than the work of our sharpest contemporary satirist.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

This comedy succeeds as a crude, inventive and humours look at a dumb despot.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
John Hanlon Reviews

This is not a character who can hold the center of a movie for 90 minutes.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

A mix of gimme jokes and fish-out-of-water observations about a foreigner's introduction to New York City that were rendered clichéd by 'Crocodile Dundee.'

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Underrated comic excellence from Sacha Baron Cohen with plenty of sharp satire lacing the broader gross-out gags.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013

Consistently offensive, and not in a way that should automatically be dismissed as 'edgy' or 'provocative'.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

Audience Reviews for The Dictator

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

Super Reviewer

Unwatchable. And I love Sacha movies.

Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

The Dictator Quotes

– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Isaiah Collins A (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Isaiah Collins A (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Jean R (2 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Dictator on our Movie forum!