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  • Summary: The movie film is a government assigned project to broaden and enlight people and glory of nation. Cultural learning is emportant to follow on global basis. We make our nation a better and more convenient place for house and living. Kazakhs are progressive and asstonishing people thatThe movie film is a government assigned project to broaden and enlight people and glory of nation. Cultural learning is emportant to follow on global basis. We make our nation a better and more convenient place for house and living. Kazakhs are progressive and asstonishing people that with conclusion of project will have new optimistic approach in daily life in world of same people. Our film will bring the US & A closer to us. We help with needs of kazakh knowledge and Us&a culture is positive step for future of our glorious nation. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 36 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    100
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    100
    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.
  4. 90
    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.
  5. 88
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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  1. Kent
    Nov 17, 2006
    10
    This movie was hillarious, plain and simple. It shows how us as Americans have come a long way since slavery, but we are still a bunch of This movie was hillarious, plain and simple. It shows how us as Americans have come a long way since slavery, but we are still a bunch of homophobic, racist and greedy people. This is true people, and just because this guy points that out doesnt make him a bad person or this movie mean and offensive. If this isn't true why arent gay marriages legal, why are we in Iraq? Greed. And why are most of those under the poverty line minorities? This guy points out America's shortcomings and hateful ways in a refreshingly utterly hillarious way. Expand
  2. NateM.
    Mar 23, 2007
    10
    That guy is my hero, he is so funny. I about crapped my pants watching it.
  3. Oct 6, 2010
    10
    It's a little genius of a comic film with a genius comic behind him. Baron Cohen somehow mixes the ridiculous with the believeable to makeIt's a little genius of a comic film with a genius comic behind him. Baron Cohen somehow mixes the ridiculous with the believeable to make people think he really is Borat and then makes the American people look stupid and foolish. But is there some dark, underlying, non-comic theme here? Maybe America isn't such a great nation as we all like to think. Expand
  4. JimmyHarmonica
    Nov 6, 2006
    9
    Genius. To all the people who gave negative reviews, you're right. Borat is Anti-semitic, racist, sexist and lewd. It is low brow Genius. To all the people who gave negative reviews, you're right. Borat is Anti-semitic, racist, sexist and lewd. It is low brow humour. But it highlights the intrinsic bigotries and prejudices which proliferate our society, and it laughs hard at it. Have a look at yourselves in the mirror America, because this is what the rest of the world thinks of you. Expand
  5. JoshE.
    Nov 5, 2006
    7
    Very funny in many parts and interesting for the vision it presents of parts of America that many never get to see and the ignorance that Very funny in many parts and interesting for the vision it presents of parts of America that many never get to see and the ignorance that pervades it. However, the narrative is a weak skeleton holding together what are very funny bits. In this sense the movie fails for trying to be more than it is. The crowd I was with loved it to death, but I left feeling I had already seen most of it on HBO, and in a better format. Good for a laugh but for $10 I wonder a bit. Expand
  6. DanielC.
    Dec 5, 2006
    4
    Borat's an interesting one. Borat tries to be many things, a parody, satire, pure comedy and mockumentary, however, it succeeds at Borat's an interesting one. Borat tries to be many things, a parody, satire, pure comedy and mockumentary, however, it succeeds at neither, but does a good job all around. The movie relies on the premise of the stereotyped Baltic man, unfortunately, that doesn't resonate with the audience, as no-one really believes that a Kazakh would be like Borat, so that parody is lost. Secondly, as a satire, it hits and misses. It illustrates the differing cultures and oddities in America yet fails to really highlight the prejudice of America, partly because these prejudices are fueled by Borat himself, a crude person that no-one would like. Sure, some frat boys said something, but they were drunk and were some random bigots. Deep. Moreover, we see more of Borat's prejudices (like about women, Jews and homosexuals, which doesn't illustrate anything because no-one in their right mind would think that a Jew would need money thrown at it. In a way, this movie comments more on Sasha's prejudices than America's. As a mockumentary, it works as well as any other mockumentary out there, nothing groundbreaking. As a comedy it works. This is a movie that is supposed to make you laugh, yet make you feel bad for laughing. Yet half of the gags were slapslick, [***SPOILER***] like his driving, the bear and the naked scene--no social commentry there. So if you laughed at them, it doesn't really illustrate your prejudices, just that like everyone, you may find humour in a bear making little kids terrified. In all, this hits and misses as a commentary on American and worldwide prejudices. It would be better if Borat wasn't some crude stereotype and went around and asked people questions about their beliefs. Sure it wouldn't be as funny, but it would highlight the bigotry in this world a lot better. When I saw Borat, the people in the cinema didn't treat it as a satire, a comment about society, but simply a gross out film. If it tried to be a commentry on our world, it has failed. I gave it a four, 8 for a comedy, 2 for a satire. Expand
  7. JimK.
    Nov 5, 2006
    0
    This has to be one of the most insulting, base and least funny "comedies" of all time. The laughs were mostly that of embarassment or This has to be one of the most insulting, base and least funny "comedies" of all time. The laughs were mostly that of embarassment or disgust. I love to laugh and have a reasonable tolerance for crude humor but this was just not funny and the biggest waste of money I've suffered in years. Don't go! If you must see it wait for the DVD. It will probably be out in 3 weeks. Expand

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