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  • Summary: This darkly comic, genre-bending piece of gonzo journalism from international provocateur Mads Brügger rips the corroded lid off the global scheme of political corruption and exploitation happening in one of the most dangerous places on the planet: the Central African Republic. Armed with a phalanx of hidden cameras, black-market diplomatic credentials and a bleeding-edge wit, Brügger transforms himself into an outlandish caricature of a European-African consul. As he immerses himself in the life-threatening underworld of nefarious bureaucrats, Brügger encounters blood diamond smuggling, bribery, and even murder -- while somehow managing to crack amazing razor-sharp barbs at every step along the way. From each absurdly terrifying/hilarious situation to the next, The Ambassador is a one-of-a-kind excursion from the man whom The Huffington Post has called “the most provocative filmmaker in the world.” (Drafthouse) Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Aug 30, 2012
    88
    Picture Graham Greene crossed with James Bond, with a splash of Sacha Baron Cohen, and you'll start to imagine the nervy talents of Mads Brügger, the fearless Danish filmmaker who has for a second time come up with a stunning, funny, and vital piece of guerilla cinema.
  2. Reviewed by: Karina Longworth
    Aug 28, 2012
    80
    The Ambassador's wrap-up is vague and sudden, and necessarily so: In order for the movie to work, you need to wonder if maybe, at some point, Brügger stopped acting and really became the crooked international asshole he was supposedly just pretending to be. The magic of Brügger's performance is that it earns that suspension of disbelief.
  3. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Jan 11, 2013
    75
    The Ambassador may be an important, even necessary film; just don't expect to find it enjoyable.
  4. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Aug 28, 2012
    70
    Brugger ensures it's a fairly entertaining excursion, especially when he starts to enjoy getting into character as the nefarious white man in Africa.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Aug 30, 2012
    70
    Part muckraking nonfiction film, part performance piece, it is a nervy documentary guaranteed, depending on who you are, to enlighten, disturb or offend. Which is what you might expect from a man who describes his work as "a strange mix of Borat and the Economist."
  6. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Aug 30, 2012
    60
    His outlandish story feels only half-told - though still twice as fascinating as most.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Sep 20, 2012
    38
    A sociopolitical prankumentary in which the prank blows up in the filmmaker's face, exploding-cigar style.

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