Mixed or average reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
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  1. The movie is a toxic dart aimed at the spangly new heart of American hypocrisy: our fake-tolerant, fake-charitable, fake-liberated-yet-still madly-closeted fame culture.
  2. 88
    You'll hoot and holler as it strips down its targets and sticks it to them, hardcore. Baron Cohen is the pure, untamed id of movie comedy.
  3. 88
    A no-holds-barred comedy permitting several holds I had not dreamed of. The needle on my internal Laugh Meter went haywire, bouncing among hilarity, appreciation, shock, admiration, disgust, disbelief and appalled incredulity.
  4. Reviewed by: Jason Buchanan
    With Bruno, Baron Cohen essentially turns a carnival mirror on society, and some people simply aren't going to like what they see. This is satire at its most confrontational and incisive.
  5. 83
    Cohen no longer has freshness and novelty on his side, but he’s retained the power to shock, offend, provoke, unsettle, and most importantly, entertain a jaded, desensitized public.
  6. 80
    Funny as it is, Brüno could not be as shockingly uproarious as "Borat." No matter how well retold, a joke necessarily loses explosive force the second time around. But a great gag is a thing of beauty forever--so, too, a comic performance.
  7. 75
    Probably more gut-bustingly funny than anything else out there right now.
  8. 75
    It's hard to deny that Brüno succeeds in being both outrageous and outrageously funny, and it's hard to damn a comedy, regardless of its faults, for those qualities.
  9. 75
    The real genius, if that is what it is, behind Sacha Baron Cohen's crude, shocking and explosively funny Brüno is the fact that the filmmakers actually found enough gullible human targets.
  10. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Brüno offers more shock value for your moviegoing dollar than any other movie this year.
  11. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Undeniably funny, outrageous and boundary-pushing, this further documentation of Sacha Baron Cohen's sheer nerve will draw an abundant share of "Borat" fans.
  12. Is Brüno riotous? Yes, more so than "Borat," in which Baron Cohen's targets were ducks in a barrel and largely undeserving of ridicule. He doesn't aim much higher here, but his tricks are more inventive.
  13. Packed with filthy jokes, insane sight gags, and body parts used in decidedly uncommon ways, Brüno is hands-down the dirtiest R-rated movie you'll see this year.
  14. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Like a wayward love child of Lenny Bruce and the Three Stooges, Brüno is an idiot savant of penetration -- breaking through borders, boundaries and anything that resembles good taste on his way to whipping up as much cultural anarchy as he can. I would guess Brüno is holding on to an R rating for this sublimely spicy soufflé by the skin of his, well, let's just not say.
  15. 67
    Crude both in form and content while at the same time capable of evoking explosions of shocked and, often, shamed laughter.
  16. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Director Larry Charles has made Bruno a tighter, better-looking film than "Borat," which is not necessarily a good thing on those occasions when you suspect it of scripting rather than just observing.
  17. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    A patchy, hit-and-miss comedy with a few outrageous highs and a lot of just-okay padding, Brüno suggests that Sacha Baron Cohen's in-your-face fool routine sadly isn't working any more.
  18. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    The problem with shock comedy is that it works in its purest form only the first time. Where do you go after you've gone too far? No artist can get heads to swivel and stomachs to turn indefinitely.
  19. Extraordinarily raunchy, occasionally funny.
  20. 50
    Brüno is what "Borat’" was too well-done to be: a publicity stunt about publicity stunts.
  21. A crude, cringe-worthy, and intermittently funny affair that triggers the gag reflex. I sincerely can't tell you whether I was choking with laughter or keeping from choking.
  22. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Brüno is likely to be the funniest thing you'll see on a screen this summer. Which is precisely its problem: it's a thing , not a movie – if, that is, you believe a movie should be more than an accumulation of prankish set-pieces flimsily strung over 80 skimpy minutes.
  23. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    The humor of Brüno is arguably crueler and more misanthropic than "Borat's."
  24. 50
    Parts of it are brilliant; some of it feels tired and overplayed. Cohen has come up with some marvelous satirical motifs; elsewhere, he's just showing how far he'll go to get a laugh.
  25. 50
    There are some solid, outrageous laughs here--most of them involving anal sex--but don't expect a second lightning strike.
  26. There's good bad taste and then there's just plain bad bad, which is what describes most of Brüno.
  27. Bruno is only intermittently funny and all too often the "ambushes" of celebrities and civilians look staged. The movie is even a tad -- dare we say it? -- tedious.
  28. 40
    In spite of Mr. Baron Cohen and Mr. Charles’s high-level skills and keen low-comic instincts, Brüno is a lazy piece of work that panders more than it provokes.
  29. 38
    The low points in this movie aren't just catastrophic: they're bewildering.
  30. 30
    Seems fatally out of tune, with every staged encounter falling as flat as the protagonist's hot-ironed bob.
  31. 30
    The film may have only the best of intentions, but it tries way too hard and ends up being shallow, superficial, and only sporadically funny.
  32. 30
    Forget satire; this guy doesn't want to scorch the earth anymore. He just wants to swing his dick.
  33. The bad outweighs the good and the cringes outnumber the laughs in Brüno, a disappointment from Sacha Baron Cohen, whose "Borat" was one of the funniest movies of the decade.
  34. Here’s the bad news: Brüno is no "Borat." Here’s the worse news: Brüno crosses the line, like a besotted sprinter, from hilariously to genuinely awful.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 320 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 178
  1. Oct 6, 2010
    Borat is one of the best comic films I have ever seen,but when stepping out as Bruno, Cohen takes things a little too far. Its good to see theBorat is one of the best comic films I have ever seen,but when stepping out as Bruno, Cohen takes things a little too far. Its good to see the exposure of Western Culture is still there but many of the ideas seem to repeat themselves from Borat. Sasha Baron Cohen knows the lines and continually crosses them, sometimes too far. Full Review »
  2. Aug 27, 2010
    Nein! Sacha Baron Cohen goes for funny but instead heâ
  3. May 20, 2012
    Very dull, inappropriate comedy that doesnt make sense. After seeing The Dictator, this movie truly sucked. I only saw one funny scene that iVery dull, inappropriate comedy that doesnt make sense. After seeing The Dictator, this movie truly sucked. I only saw one funny scene that i cracked up. I wanted to stop watching it, but i already purchased the movie. Never see this disgrace. Full Review »