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Zoolander No. 2 has more celebrity cameos than laughs -- and its meager handful of memorable gags outnumbers the few worthwhile ideas discernible in its scattershot rehash of a script. Read critic reviews

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Former models Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) and Hansel find themselves thrust back into the spotlight after living in seclusion for years. Invited to a major fashion event in Rome, the estranged friends are surprised to see how much the business has changed. Even more shocking is their encounter with Valentina Valencia, a special agent who needs their help. Someone is killing famous pop stars, and it's up to Derek and Hansel to help save the world's most beautiful people from a similar fate.

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Critic Reviews for Zoolander No. 2

All Critics (234) | Top Critics (68) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (183)

  • Far too much of the film feels a laundry list of references to the original.

    June 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • While not a film likely to have a lot in the way of staying power, I still enjoyed Zoolander 2, the sequel reminding me that Stiller is a creatively inspired director who should probably step behind the camera more often than he right now does.

    August 15, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Failing to tap into practically any of the charm of its predecessor is Zoolander 2, a supposed comedy devoid of practically any creativity and humor.

    August 2, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the most unnecessary sequels of all time (yes, I've seen Speed 2).

    June 13, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Agonizingly paced and bewilderingly outdated, Ben Stiller's long-awaited sequel is a sad march through every single joke from the 2001 original.

    April 27, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Silly jokes and A-list cameos pass the time, but it's pretty much more of the same from Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, Will Ferrell and the rest of the gang.

    February 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zoolander No. 2

  • Apr 24, 2017
    This is a silly sequel, in that it doesn't pack the laughs of the original. There are so many cameos you loose track, just like the story. Would only recommend for true fans of the original, although you all might be disappointed.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 02, 2017
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2016
    Although not as funny as the original, "Zoolander 2" is hilarious. Great costumes and hair with some really fun characters (such as Kristen Wiig's character and "Don Atari"), there's a lot to appreciate (and laugh at) in this film. For instance, how can anyone resist laughing at a Neil de Grasse Tyson cameo declaring, "That's what I do. I'm Neil de Grasse Tyson, B-tch!"? The poor critical and audience reviews are not justified in my estimation. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who enjoyed the first film, or anyone who just wants to see a silly film making fun of fashion, modeling and James Bond.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2016
    Ruining the memory of the original cult hit, Zoolander 2 completely shits itself. The ridiculously dumb comedy and fashion satire of the first film is multiplied times ten here and it doesn't work at all. Without any straight character to ground it, the whole thing becomes total looney tunes. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson easily slip back into their roles, but the rest of the cast is piss-poor (including Will Ferrell who returns as Mugatu). Zoolander 2 isn't without any laughs, but it's just too insultingly stupid (and not in a fun way).
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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