Zoolander (2001)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: September 28, 2001
DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A wacky satire on the fashion industry, Zoolander is one of those deliberately dumb comedies that can deliver genuine laughs.

Wally Hammond
Time Out

A fashion spoof draped over the bones of a puerile conspiracy adventure, this vanity comedy fails at every level barring its incidental details.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Doesn't Stiller realize that the fashion world is already its own parody?

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a blatantly silly premise that is, for the most part, executed to entertaining and hilarious effect by filmmaker Stiller...

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Emanuel Levy

This light silly and fluffy satire of the fashion industry targets for a change not the female but male models.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Serves as glossy, throwaway fun, and it features more cameos than you can shake a mascara wand at.

Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

So lazy a comedy that I kept looking for Adam Sandler's name in the credits...essentially a funny 3-minute short with a bloated, unfunny full-length feature grafted on to it.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

If you're aware of -- and amused by -- pop culture, you'll laugh a lot.

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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

During its fleeting moments onscreen, the movie's lighthearted spirit and comic energy make for entertaining, escapist fare.

Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
if you work in an office some movies are mandatory to survive trips to the watercooler. I see this as an investment in my future.
Melvin White
Hansel: I wasn't like every other kid, you know, who dreams about being an astronaut, I was always more interested in what bark was made out of on a tree.… More
Carlos Magalhães
A solid and entertaining satire that makes fun of the fashion world and the people involved in it (even though in a very obvious way) with many inspired… More
Phil Hubbs
This was the first film to really introduce me to Will Ferrell back in the day, its hard to think when this film came out he wasn't a big name star. Twas… More
KJ Proulx
"Zoolander" is essentially a showcase for the comedic talents of these famous actors through their glory days, and it definitely does not fall short… More
Chris Weber
Based on a sketch created for the 1996 VH1 Fashion Awards, this is co-writer, director and star Ben Stiller's goofy, but sharp satirical spoof of the… More