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Comic actor Ben Stiller co-wrote, directed, and stars in this spoof of the fashion industry that began as a short skit for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards. Stiller is Derek Zoolander, an intellectually challenged but bone structure-blessed male model who's despondent after being eclipsed in popularity by an equally vacuous rival, Hansel (Owen Wilson). Upon his reluctant retirement, Derek is invited to a day spa by previously standoffish fashion designer Jacobim Mugatu (Will Ferrell), where the befuddled model is brainwashed by the mysterious Katinka (Milla Jovovich) into assassinating the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A fashion spoof draped over the bones of a puerile conspiracy adventure, this vanity comedy fails at every level barring its incidental details."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"Doesn't Stiller realize that the fashion world is already its own parody?"
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"About as dumb as dumb comedies can get, Zoolander suffers from a weak plot and even weaker characters, yet the performances by Stiller, Wilson and the extremely funny Will Ferrell more than make up for it."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"It's patchy, but when it hits, Zoolander is as funny as any Frat Pack picture."
‑ , Film4
"Stiller ... is able to demonstrate contempt for the folly of the Industry of Image even as he shows affection for the people that are in it."
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"This light silly and fluffy satire of the fashion industry targets for a change not the female but male models."
‑ Emanuel Levy, Variety
"Serves as glossy, throwaway fun, and it features more cameos than you can shake a mascara wand at."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"A surprisingly entertaining movie, but edgy."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"At times Zoolander threatens to disappear up its own catwalk, but it's often very funny stuff."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Some funny moments, but misses a chance to really skewer its subject."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"If you're aware of -- and amused by -- pop culture, you'll laugh a lot."
‑ , Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"During its fleeting moments onscreen, the movie's lighthearted spirit and comic energy make for entertaining, escapist fare."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Ben Stiller often forgoes go-for-broke comedy for the sake of getting rich. Not so in "Zoolander," which is not only Cuba Gooding Jr. and Billy Zane's best work of the last decade, but what remains Stiller's flat-out funniest film - down to the DVD menu."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"A success -- if you like dumb fun."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"I have two words for "Zoolander": Stoo Pid!"
‑ Michael Szymanski, Zap2it.com
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