Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 2006

Critics score:
91 / 100

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Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Flat-out hilarious -- arguably the funniest American comedy since Airplane! Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: As the man from Kazakhstan likes to say: Great success! Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: The theory of comedy here is that you can get away with almost anything if you manage to make your target audience feel superior to the human beings being mocked on the screen. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: As clever as he is crude, Cohen alchemizes bad-taste comedy into Strangelovean satire. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: Borat may be dangerous to abdominal health; there must be a limit to how many convulsions a belly can take without trauma. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: The cheerfully tasteless Borat is often screamingly funny and almost never dull, and that's more than I can say for just about every comedy to grace screens this year. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: I did find this to be one of the more inventive, aggressively offensive and insanely tasteless comedies in many a year. And yeah, that's a thumbs-up. Read more

Bob Townsend, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Hilarious, and purposefully offensive. Read more

Nathan Rabin, AV Club: Cohen's genius lies in combining the chameleon-like virtuosity of Peter Sellers with the balls-out fearlessness of the Jackass crew. Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: The trailer makes Borat seem like a harmless farce, but the movie is among the most offensive ever made. And among the funniest. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: 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. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: You will laugh at Borat, you really will, but the laughter will sometimes stick in your throat. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: Expect to laugh uproariously; expect to choke back horror and revulsion, often at yourself. Read more

Tom Charity, Borat is so gut-bustingly funny it should carry a health warning. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Borat is the funniest comedy I've seen since I don't know when. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: I highly recommend Borat to anyone like myself with zero emotional I.Q., those with a thick skin for when former friends decide you're a moron by association, and the wise people who believe that Jackass was shafted for the 2002 Oscar. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Borat packs all the intellectual punch of the standard pack of ultra-serious Oscar hopefuls. Plus it makes you laugh until your lungs hurt. And that's why it's one of the best movies of the year. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: The people Borat talks to become the symbolic heart of America -- a place where intolerance is worn, increasingly, with pride. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: All you think while you're watching is how could people be so amusingly stupid, and why can't I quit laughing at the sight of two naked men wrestling? Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: In the words of the man himself, Borat is Big Success. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: Crash -- to say nothing of Michael Moore -- has nothing on this. Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday: Paraphrasing Kurt Vonnegut, there are few things more quintessentially American than embarrassment... Borat IS the quintessential movie comedy of our times -- whether you like it or not. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: The backlash just proves how deep a nerve the faux Kazakh journalist has hit. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: Crude, confrontational and stunningly sick, it's a movie made in the fringe tradition of Pink Flamingos, featuring a performer who seems to be willing to do anything for the camera. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: Put on two pairs of underwear and try to stay dry through one of the most uproariously -- or, in the case of the nude wrestling scene between Borat and his morbidly obese producer, disgustingly -- funny movies in a very long time. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is as fearless as mockumentaries get. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Is Borat the funniest comedy of the year? Almost certainly -- but what's the competition? Read more

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. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: It's so inventive, so rich with comic moments, so outrageous, so shocking and unexpected, and so willing to be offensive that it consistently leaves viewers off balance -- and howling. This is a film by an original and significant comic intelligence. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: 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. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Borat is a serious work of social criticism. But it's also the funniest movie I've ever seen. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: When Borat is good, it's very, very good, and when it's bad, it's box-office gold. Read more

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star: Somewhere in standup comedy heaven Andy Kaufman is smiling. Possibly even busting a gut. Read more

Time Out: Sacha Baron Cohen is one of this country's funniest performers, and the biggest pleasures of Borat lie in simply watching him goof off, and in watching 'real' people's incredulity as he does so. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: In an era of stale, formulaic comedies, this uproarious and ribald faux documentary is like a hit of pure oxygen. Read more

Leslie Felperin, Variety: Uproariously funny. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: 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. Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: A perfect combination of slapstick and satire 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. Read more