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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 15, 2018
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  • Summary: Sacha Baron Cohen returns to television with a new satirical series.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jul 16, 2018
    80
    Like all of Baron Cohen’s work, Who Is America? has skirmishes with bro humor and punching down, but in sequences like the one mentioned above [Kinderguardians and as Nira Cain-N'Degeocello]--in which conservatives state the abhorrent things they truly believe because they think it’s safe--it justifies all of its inconsistency.
  2. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Jul 16, 2018
    80
    What a pleasant surprise, then, that Who Is America? feels both as richly comic as anything Baron Cohen has done in the decade-plus since “Borat” and urgently resonant with our own.
  3. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Jul 16, 2018
    75
    By shooting so high, the unflinching performer behind Da Ali G and Borat hits a few big marks, and misses some, as well.
  4. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Jul 16, 2018
    58
    There are some laughs in Who Is America?, but the most profound feeling you get from the show is weariness. Cohen’s haphazard comedy instincts feel topical in the worst way.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 16, 2018
    50
    To giggle at and delight in Cohen’s pranks is to believe that you can have it both ways: that you can be horrified at the collapse of truth and democracy, and then laugh at a guy who seeks to undermine whatever remains of trust. As watchably galling as Cohen’s techniques may be, America in 2018 doesn’t really seem like the right time or place for it.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jul 16, 2018
    40
    There are instances when Cohen exposes moments of genuine American racism or Republican gun love that feel like they’re coalescing toward a point. But a lot of the humor is cruel and cynical, for the sake of being cruel and cynical, and even more of it points and laughs at the rubes, provoking them simply to provoke them.
  7. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Jul 16, 2018
    40
    Unfortunately, the segments of Who Is America? that aim more toward straight comedy than social surgery just aren’t funny enough to carry the show’s loftier goals. Much of it feels like underheated leftovers from Da Ali G Show.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Jul 16, 2018
    10
    Sacha Baron Cohen is back and his nihilistic humor in today's depiction on modern day politics never ceases to amaze me! Hi Five!
  2. Jul 18, 2018
    10
    The most I've laughed in a while. Shows the true character of many politicians in America. People rating this 0 are Republicans, I guarantee that.
  3. Jul 18, 2018
    10
    Great stuff. Exposes absurdities on all sides of the spectrum, and pulls no punches, as comedy should. Anything pushing the envelope in theGreat stuff. Exposes absurdities on all sides of the spectrum, and pulls no punches, as comedy should. Anything pushing the envelope in the last couple years gets people's, especially critics, panties in a bunch. They don't want to admit why, so they will act like something is boring or sub-par when it is clearly the opposite. Ideologues will never understand humor, art, or anything on the fringes they seek to dominate. Check out the show and watch for these patterns w people- they're constantly spitting on anything even remotely creative these days. Expand
  4. Jul 18, 2018
    10
    Pretty dissappointed by the usual Media. These quite bad Reviews seem to just point out that it is okay to make fun of Right-Wingers andPretty dissappointed by the usual Media. These quite bad Reviews seem to just point out that it is okay to make fun of Right-Wingers and guncrazy people, but as soon as someone also tries to make fun of liberals or the far-left its "cruel".
    The series is so far on point. Really well done and perfectly shows how divides the USA is.
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  5. Jul 17, 2018
    2
    First episode is awful. Scripted, low effort, hateful. Every interview subject seems to be in on the script. They did a great job with theFirst episode is awful. Scripted, low effort, hateful. Every interview subject seems to be in on the script. They did a great job with the makeup at least Expand
  6. Jul 17, 2018
    0
    I miss when his humor was apolitical. It's much harder to laugh when there are real lives being affected by some of the issues he's poking funI miss when his humor was apolitical. It's much harder to laugh when there are real lives being affected by some of the issues he's poking fun at. Sorry Sacha, try again. Expand
  7. Jul 16, 2018
    0
    difficult to find any entertainment value in this exercise of taking advantage of people's good will.

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