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Zoolander Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In theory, Zoolander is ''Pret-à-Porter'' on laughing gas. In practice, however, the movie is an ill-fitting suit of gags, too long in the crotch even at 90 minutes.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    It's a diverting mess, sometimes even a delightful mess.

  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Stiller performs a good balancing act not only with his many jobs on this movie but also in keeping the big picture firmly in mind. It's not always easy to be both silly and smart, but Stiller for the most part pulls it off.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Something this gleefully goofy and consistently funny would be welcome in any environment.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

A surprisingly entertaining movie, but edgy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's an orgy between the three main characters and other assorted visitors and brief glimpses of skin, though nothing explicit. One main character talks about having an eating disorder, and others respond as if it's a good thing. Though played for laughs, the main characters are threatened with death several times. Themes of slave labor.

  • Families can talk about some of its more serious themes, like bulimia, literacy, and sweatshop labor. Do they like seeing serious subjects brought up in silly movies?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Some competition, but generally the characters learn to work together to stop a dangerous plot.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Characters are killed in a comic manner and the plot involves a political assasination.

  • sex false2

    Sex: The audience sees glimpses of and hears discussion about an orgy.

  • language false2

    Language: Some light cursing.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Many products are visible throughout the film.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters talk about doing ilicit drugs and an orgy is preceeded by heavy drinking.