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  • Summary: Follows the world's most famous -- and empty-headed -- male model as he discovers the horrifying secret behind why there are no male models who live past the age of 30. (Paramount Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Exuberant and insidiously funny satire.
  2. 83
    Works like a funnier "Austin Powers" -- you laugh just enough to want to see the whole thing again.
  3. 80
    The result is a freakishly potent farce.
  4. 63
    A hit-and-miss affair, but it's smart and good-natured enough to guarantee Stiller an open invitation to host VH1's annual Fashion Awards.
  5. 60
    It's to Stiller's credit that he can sustain the joke for the length of the movie, but just barely. Ten more minutes of Zoolander would have been 10 minutes too many.
  6. 50
    A sometimes inspired but sputtering parody of the fashion industry. It's desperate to please, yet never unzips the fancy pants of haute couture.
  7. 20
    Isn't absurd enough to be funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 56 out of 78
  2. Negative: 16 out of 78
  1. RalphW
    Jul 30, 2009
    10
    A very good comedy with a lot of funny actors. And too all the comments calling this a social message, ITS A FREAKING COMEDY MOVIE, if you A very good comedy with a lot of funny actors. And too all the comments calling this a social message, ITS A FREAKING COMEDY MOVIE, if you take this seriously then there is something really really wrong with your head its meant to be funny and not to be taken seriously, were all looking at you "Poor K." Expand
  2. KevinM
    Mar 13, 2009
    10
    I can't understand some people's extreme dislike for this movie. I loved every minute of this movie and I'm sorry if it was I can't understand some people's extreme dislike for this movie. I loved every minute of this movie and I'm sorry if it was too wacky for some, but that's the point. Expand
  3. Jan 23, 2015
    9
    Over-the-top characters, an absurd premise, and "stupid" humor are all present here. However smart satire keeps the while thing afloat. BenOver-the-top characters, an absurd premise, and "stupid" humor are all present here. However smart satire keeps the while thing afloat. Ben Stiller (who wrote and directed this as well) has crafted a hilarious movie. One that does go to goofy extremes to get it's laughs, but succeeds because of it. I also can't help but love the plethora of great cameos.

    My total score for the movie is a 9.3/10.
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  4. Sep 23, 2013
    7
    I do give this movie points for trying to do something a little different. Yet, as usual, Stiller comes off a bit to dry and his performanceI do give this movie points for trying to do something a little different. Yet, as usual, Stiller comes off a bit to dry and his performance feels forced most of the time.

    But him aside, the premise is interesting, the humor is childish but entertaining and the characters are something different.

    Overall:
    The movie could have used a stronger lead and someone who can do physical comedy (Stiller can't.) Other than that I still enjoyed the movie and it was something different.
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  5. May 27, 2014
    6
    Ben Stiller's movie about stereotypical male model with a ridiculous story makes an entertaining comedy making fun of the male model industry.Ben Stiller's movie about stereotypical male model with a ridiculous story makes an entertaining comedy making fun of the male model industry. A stupid plot with good supporting cast combine with good soundtrack. Throughout the movie each actors have funny lines are easily quotable and the best scenes is combined with well placed songs like the gas station and the runaway battle. Not a great or amazing movie but not bad an enjoyable satire directed and written by Ben Stiller.

    The plot is given at the opening sequence with Mugatu played by Will Ferrell planning an assassination on the new prime minister of Malaysia because he would raise the minimum wage and get rid of child labor laws. Ben Stiller's character Derek Zoolander is a three time model of the year but for some reason can not turn left. Hansel a role written for Owen Wilson by Ben Stiller is a hippie like model whos career is rising. After losing the model of the year to Hansel he reconsider if there anything besides being really really good looking and retire. Looking for a model to assassinated the prime minister Magatu hires Derek Zoolander for a new fashion line and brainwashing to the song "Relax".
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  6. Nov 26, 2011
    5
    Its one of those films that is just so stupid that its good. There is nothing really good about this film - The story is stupid yet original,Its one of those films that is just so stupid that its good. There is nothing really good about this film - The story is stupid yet original, The acting is decent but not as good as you would expect, and there was a few laughable parts in it. Chances are if you laugh at fart jokes then you will laugh at this. Expand
  7. Mikeyt
    Aug 6, 2006
    0
    I couldn't watch through the first time. Tried watching it again today, and I still couldn't finish through the end. It's that I couldn't watch through the first time. Tried watching it again today, and I still couldn't finish through the end. It's that bad. Its one of those movies that try too hard to force you to get the joke in every scene. You think the all-star cast/cameos that signed into the project read the script knew better. But it sucks. If K-mart or Old Navy were to produced movies, it would be this. The movie wasn't stupid-funny, but stupid-lame. Expand

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