Borat 2 review roundup: Here’s what critics are saying about the Sacha Baron Cohen-starrer

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Written by Kshitij Rawat
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October 22, 2020 6:23:37 pm





Borat 2 releases on Amazon Prime Video on October 23. (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)

The first opinions of the second Borat film, titled Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, are out. So far, the movie has obtained principally optimistic opinions.

It holds a rating of 83 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes. The important consensus reads, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm proves Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedic creation remains a sharp tool for exposing the most misguided — or outright repugnant — corners of American culture.”

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm has Sacha’s Borat Sagdiyev character returning to America. The authentic movie, launched in 2006, was about the titular fictitious journalist from Kazakhstan, who is shipped to the United States by his authorities to make a documentary on the nation.

In the sequel, Borat returns to a really totally different America, which is rather more divisive. Borat is explicitly political the second time round.

CNN.com’s Brian Lowry wrote, “Sacha Baron Cohen hasn’t lost the power to deliver audacious surprises, with enough explosive, not-suitable-for-anywhere laughs to power through the flatter patches this sort of exercise inevitably yields.”

Forbes’s Scott Mendelson talked about in his review, “A surprisingly on-point spoof of the “legacy sequel” that additionally operates, in its skewed means, as a “darker, grittier” follow-up.”

Metro UK’s Larushka Ivan-Zadeh famous, “This is Sacha Baron Cohen’s funniest, edgiest, greatest movie since Borat 1. Very niiiice.”

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However, not all critics have been enamoured of the movie.

New York Times’ Devika Girish argued, “Unlike the curiosity that seemed to motivate Cohen in the previous film, here the goal appears to be to goad people to confirm what we already know.”

The Times’ Kevin Maher wrote, “A ramshackle film that’s not potent enough to be satire or smart enough to be zany character comedy and just falls, splat, somewhere hopelessly, blandly, in the middle.”

Borat 2 releases on Amazon Prime Video on October 23.

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