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Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan


Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev travels to America to make a documentary. As he zigzags across the nation, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences. His backwards behavior generates strong reactions around him exposing prejudices and hypocrisies in American culture.

Actors: Andre Darnell Myers , David Corcoran , Mitchell Falk , Carole De Saram , Alan Keyes , Bob Barr , Pamela Anderson , Luenell , Ken Davitian , Sacha Baron Cohen , Chester
Directors: Larry Charles
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2006-11-03
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  • Dana Stevens

    Wildly funny. Its best jokes approach some savage, atavistic core of cultural taboo and make the viewer wonder: Is it really possible to laugh at this? But by the time you formulate that question, it's too late: You're already laughing.

    Slate Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Borat isn't just one of the funniest movies of the year, it might be one of the funniest movies of all time.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    As clever as he is crude, Cohen alchemizes bad-taste comedy into Strangelovean satire.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    I can't wait to see Borat, which has twice as many laughs as all of this year's other movie comedies combined, for a fourth time.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Though Borat has been likened to "Jackass," there's a huge difference. The "Jackass" movies are about extreme stunts. Borat is about interaction and gullibility, and its success is unique to both Cohen and to this one-time-only movie.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Borat is a terrific, risky comic creation: a village idiot for the global village.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    A comic put-on of awe-inspiring crudity and death-defying satire and by a long shot the funniest film of the year. It is "Jackass" with a brain and Mark Twain with full frontal male nudity.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    It's screamingly, hysterically, laugh-through-the-next-joke, laugh-for-the-next-week funny. It's so inventive…This is a film by an original and significant comic intelligence.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • David Ansen

    This is comedy from the danger zone, and it will genuinely offend some folks who feel certain subjects are not to be laughed at. They'd best stay at home. Fans should be warned as well: Borat can make you laugh so hard it hurts.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Very nice. I like Borat very much. I think it is, as everybody has been saying, the funniest movie in years.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    You won't know what outrageous fun is until you see Borat. High-five!

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Absurd, outrageous, gross, disturbing, insightful, and so funny it’ll burst half the blood vessels in your face.

    Empire Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Borat is a rarity: a comedy whose middle name is danger, or as the Kazakhs say, kauwip-kater.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    I hate to sound blurby, but Borat is the funniest comedy I've seen since I don't know when.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The result is a perfect combination of slapstick and satire, a Platonic ideal of high-and lowbrow that manages to appeal to our basest common denominators while brilliantly skewering racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and that peculiarly American affliction: we're-number-one-ism.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    When Baron Cohen works without a net, he flies.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Borat is an astonishingly entertaining picture, and it's a testament to Cohen's gifts that he can pull off a feat as extravagant and as fully realized as this one is. Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    Uproariously funny mockumentary.

    Variety Full Review
  • J. Hoberman

    Indeed, the man who invented Borat is a masterful improviser, brilliant comedian, courageous political satirist, and genuinely experimental film artist. Borat makes you laugh but Baron Cohen forces you to think.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    The brilliance of Borat is that its comedy is as pitiless as its social satire, and as brainy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    This feature-length expansion of Cohen's deliciously ridiculous character accomplishes what decades of Soviet propaganda failed to do: It points out and underscores issues of race, religious intolerance, classism, and all manner of very American social ills by giving the culprits just enough rope to hang themselves by their own petards (and then some).

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Borat is most gloriously funny moving picture for to make people see their stupidness.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    It takes some exceptionally intelligent and witty people to make a dumb comedy this funny and perceptive: Borat may be offensive (to some), infantile, low-brow or even just a stunt, but you won't hate yourself in the morning for loving it.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Baron Cohen brings scary conviction to the performance.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    As slapstick, as satire, as sheer gut-busting comedy, Borat is top notch.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    In choosing cheap gags over incisive cultural commentary, Borat scores more as scatology than satire, but it's easy to overlook its ramshackle nature in light of the explosive laughter.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    With his corrosive brand of take-no-prisoners humor that scalds on contact, Cohen is the most intentionally provocative comedian since Lenny Bruce and early Richard Pryor, with a difference. For unlike those predecessors, there is a mean-spiritedness, an every-man-for-himself coldness about his humor. The one kind of laughter you won't find in Borat is that which acknowledges shared humanity. Instead, there is that pitiless staple of reality TV, watching others humiliate themselves for our viewing pleasure.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    It is equipped, like an F-15 Eagle, to engage multiple targets at once.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    The gimmick is simple but devastatingly effective: Never once breaking character or acknowledging that he’s in on the joke, the Jew-fearing, grammatically challenged reporter ingratiates himself with his unsuspecting, average-American victims before uproariously turning the tables on them.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    It's a fearless performance and yields some squirm-inducingly funny moments.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Cohen and his gang are smart enough to know when to quit. Like a loud but amusing guest at a dinner party, Borat collects his coat and goes home just as his hosts are starting to fidget.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    Borat at its best is pure satiric genius, the Swiftian kind that has you busting a gut with laughter even while checking your conscience for implicating flaws.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The variation keeps things fresh and the relatively short running length (less than 90 minutes) ensures that Borat doesn't overstay its welcome - even though when it's all done, we wish this absurd man might have lingered a little longer.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jessica Letkemann

    Borat is, in many ways, an heir to the same kind of subversion of American norms that the transvestite Divine perfected in John Waters’ early films.

    Premiere Full Review
  • William Arnold

    The movie itself cannot begin to match its delicious high concept. It's offensively funny in places but it can't sustain itself for a feature length running time and it's not nearly as clever or as fun as it should be.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Except for a screamingly funny climax in which he attempts to kidnap Pamela Anderson (who reportedly wasn't in on the joke), I found the Borat feature (directed by Larry Charles, who does similar duties on "Curb Your Enthusiasm") depressing; and the paroxysms of the audience reinforced the feeling that I was watching a bearbaiting or pigsticking.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Not since the halcyon days of Archie Bunker and "All in the Family" has so sharp a wit punctured so many balloons.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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