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Borat's mastermind takes a more conventional route in 'The Dictator'new

It was only a matter of time before Sacha Baron Cohen would have to retire his style of guerrilla filmmaking. After the success of 2006's Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and the relative non-success of 2009's BrĂ¼no, sneaking up on people with a camera and smacking his genitals on their foreheads wouldn't be as easy as it once was for Cohen, especially now that a sizable portion of the population knows his face, among other parts of his body.
San Antonio Current  |  Michael Gallucci  |  05-16-2012  |  Reviews

The Surprising Disappointment of 'Bruno'new

Borat offended us with an ignorance so profound the ignorant found it sympathetic, inspiring them to reveal their prejudice. Bruno, on the other hand, is an archly superior fashionista nearly equal in stupidity to Borat but nowhere near as sweet.
Eugene Weekly  |  Jason Blair  |  07-16-2009  |  Reviews

'Bruno' Pushes the Limits but Isn't As Consistent as 'Borat'new

Whatever Sacha Baron Cohen does next, he's bound to give the folks at the Motion Picture Association of America some major headaches. This movie pushes the boundaries of the R rating to the limit, and some will undoubtedly think it goes too far.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  07-16-2009  |  Reviews

'Bruno' Fails to Detonate With the Force of its Predecessornew

The movie's provocations connect only fitfully, and despite its comparatively strong narrative, it feels less of a piece than Borat, and more like an overlong episode of Sacha Baron Cohen's TV show.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Sam Adams  |  07-14-2009  |  Reviews

Sacha Baron Cohen's Shock Tactics in 'Bruno' Are Ass Backwardsnew

In scene after scene, Baron Cohen and director Larry Charles throw transgressive images and suggestions at the audience, daring them to take offence. It's shock comedy based entirely on gay panic.
NOW Magazine  |  Norman Wilner  |  07-13-2009  |  Reviews

Sacha Baron Cohen Hunts for Narrow-Minded Bigots in 'Bruno'new

While so many public figures are deliberately shocking and offensive because they want us to join them in being small and mean and petty and tribal, Baron Cohen does the same thing but for the very opposite reasons. That is a good thing, and a thing very much worth celebrating -- and it's also outrageously funny to watch, too.
Charleston City Paper  |  MaryAnn Johanson  |  07-08-2009  |  Reviews

Sacha Baron Cohen Makes Funny, But Can't Get His Story Straight in 'Bruno'

Sacha Baron Cohen's follow-up to the hilarious Borat provokes half as many laughs in a seemingly less improvised comedy that goes twice again as far as Borat in goosing sexual sight gags designed to make even the most numb audience members blanch.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  07-02-2009  |  Reviews

Bill Maher's Cross to Bearnew

Maher has been hammering away forever at institutionalized faith, but Religulous, which Lionsgate quixotically plans to position as an Oscar contender in the documentary category, raises the bar to a whole new dimension of attack, as you might expect from a movie with Borat director Larry Charles at the helm.
L.A. Weekly  |  Ella Taylor  |  10-10-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'Religulous' is Funny and Confrontationalnew

Organized religion and some of its many followers take a kick in the nards from Bill Maher in Religulous, a funny and sometimes brutal indictment of all things God-related.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  10-09-2008  |  Reviews

Smart Guy Bill Maher Makes a Dumb Movie About Religionnew

Maher's first film project, Religulous, is a major disappointment because here, unlike on Real Time, he aims for laughs instead of insight -- and aims low.
Chicago Reader  |  J.R. Jones  |  10-06-2008  |  Reviews

Bill Maher Zaps Faith in 'Religulous'new

Maher takes stands against religion and against the very notion of faith (as the word is generally used these days) some of the time; and against the intermingling of religion and public policy all of the time.
Los Angeles CityBeat  |  Andy Klein  |  10-03-2008  |  Reviews

Bill Maher Tackles Taboo of Faith in 'Religulous'new

About a dozen very polite protesters attempted to mar the Canadian premiere of Bill Maher's gleefully sacrilegious standup documentary, Religulous, at the Toronto International Film Festival recently.
The Georgia Straight  |  Mark Leiren-Young  |  10-03-2008  |  Reviews

'Religulous' and 'Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist': He of Little Faithnew

Bill Maher vents some righteous anger at religion in his new documentary.
Washington City Paper  |  Tricia Olszewski  |  10-02-2008  |  Reviews

The Gospel According to Bill Mahernew

A documentary hoax readymade for the bitter barroom politico.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  10-02-2008  |  Reviews

That's Bill Maher in the Spotlight, Losing His

The catechism running through the movie is the question of who is more annoying: God or Bill Maher?
Willamette Week  |  Aaron Mesh  |  10-01-2008  |  Reviews

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