Sacha Baron Cohen's latest character driven romp has so far been deemed somewhere between 'ok' and merely 'good,' as reviews of the film present a mixed opinion. The film is the third collaboration with Cohen and long-time compatriot Larry Charles, after previously working together on Borat and Bruno. Alongside Cohen, it stars Anna Faris and Sir Ben Kingsley as well as a string of cameo appearances - Megan Fox's brief appearance apparently gaining the fondest reaction.
The New York Daily Post gave the film a respectable 4 stars out of 5, commenting on the openness of the film and that it leaves no subject to be tip-toed around. The review also comments on the somewhat displeasing fact that there genuinely will be times when you won't believe what you're watching on the big screen. Not wanting to give too much away of course, the review fails to mention exactly which parts will have you reeling in discomfort. Other press outlets such as The Evening Standard and The Guardian are but two other publications that treated the film to a glowing review, with both newspapers also awarding the film 4 out of 5 stars.
Negativity also accompanied the film, as not all reviews were quite so glowing. The online Jewish magazine The Tablet referring to the film as the 'Not-So-Great 'DICtator.' Cohen, himself Jewish, usually makes numerous anti-Semitic references in his productions, most notably in Borat.