"Man, what happened to Sacha Baron Cohen? It’s hard to believe that the razor mind behind Da Ali G Show and Borat has reduced himself to… this. Each new outing with Cohen playing a kooky, un-PC foreigner has been a huge disappointment of diminishing returns. First Bruno misfired, and now taking his schtick out of the real world into the fictional realm hasn’t improved anything. The worst part is that recent events have primed The Dictator for the great potential to be interesting. Over the past year, we’ve watched many actual dictators fall, so the cultural conversation is ready for what this movie is talking about. Except it isn’t concerned with adding anything worthwhile to that conversation. It just wants to make the laziest jokes it can."