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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
    One's laughter builds on such a rising curve that memories of its flaws burn away.
  4. Fluffy, inconsistent, but enjoyable.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    60
    Misses its comic targets as often as it hits them but is endearing all the same for the good-natured cheer with which it skewers the eminently skewerable.
  6. 50
    The main problem is the director-star's choice to play so far beneath his intelligence for so long. Stiller lacks the physical gifts and projected sweetness of, say, Jim Carrey in "Dumb and Dumber," and unlike Peter Sellers in the "Pink Panther" movies, he can't keep a straight face.
  7. 20
    Isn't absurd enough to be funny.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 73
  2. Negative: 15 out of 73
  1. Dec 13, 2010
    10
    This one of my most favorite films. It is satire at its best. The chemistry itself is a reason to watch, for the way Stiller and Wilson work so very well together. Yes, silly, but done in the best way possible! Expand
  2. Dec 13, 2013
    7
    Good and entertaining movie. Certainly plenty of funny moments complimented with an interesting storyline and good performances from the quite star-studded cast (Stiller, Wilson, Farrell). Expand
  3. Jul 11, 2014
    7
    good music up in here. Liked the movie, stiller is always good Expand
  4. Mar 22, 2012
    6
    A completely accurate documentary about the intelligence level of male fashion models. Very educational.
  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. 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. Jun 24, 2013
    5
    The movie does not meet the expectations and the comedy situations seem silly. Though perfomance from Ben is good the storyline and screenplay does not compromise each other. Expand
  7. Jan 8, 2011
    0
    As Roger Ebert said in his review of this film - it is a good example why the world hates America. Well, Ebert was a bit too harsh, I'd say, but this is definitely a disgrace to Hollywood and humankind in general, I'd say. So shallow, so stupid and so over-the-top that it induces vomit. 'Zoolander' is one of the worst films I have ever seen in my life. Yes, I will admit it had a few funny scenes, but quite frankly after watching it I just could not control the discomfort I felt. It is just a bad bad film, and is one of the reasons why I've disliked Ben Stiller for years after. I would definitely not recommend it - bad story, bad acting (quite atrocious, actually), bad dialogue, bad..everything. Expand

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