Paramount Pictures dropped their new comedy movie, “Zoolander 2,” into theaters today, February 12th, 2016, and all the reviews have been turned in from the big gun movie critics, and most of them had major problems with his flick, awarding it just an overall 35 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews at the Metacritic.com site.
The film features: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz and Will Ferrell. We’ve added comments from a couple of the critics, below.
Stephen Holden over at The New York Times, gave it a 30 score. He stated: “Zoolander 2 has enough plots for several movies. They are so jammed together that they more or less cancel each other out.”
Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 30 score as well, saying: “The results may delight those who believe recycled gags and endless cameos to be the very essence of great screen comedy, but everyone else will likely recognize Stiller’s wannabe Magnum opus as a disappointment-slash-misfire, the orange mocha crappuccino of movie sequels.”
Kyle Smith from the New York Post, gave it a 25 score, saying: “Stiller’s one good idea is turning things over to Will Ferrell, who does some amusingly demented things while haranguing Anna Wintour and Tommy Hilfiger and is probably funnier in his sleep than Stiller is at his best.”
Alonso Duralde over at TheWrap, gave it a 25 grade, stating: “There are no build-ups or pay-offs here, just a lot of random moments of people saying stupid stuff, and fashion people being gently lampooned.”
Joe Morgenstern from The Wall Street Journal, gave it a really awful 10 score. He said: “Some movies keep you in a state of suspense. Zoolander 2, a dud glitter-bomb of a sequel, eventually leaves you in a state of suspended animation, with eyes glazed over and brain in sleep mode.”
Ann Hornaday over at the Washington Post, gave it a the lowest score of “0,” saying: “Lazily written by Stiller and three collaborators (including Justin Theroux), this is the kind of lame, warmed-over movie that gives sequels a bad name. For “Zoolander” fans, however, it resembles a betrayal of public trust.”
Gersh Kuntzman over at the New York Daily News, gave it a really good 80 grade, stating: “Did you like “Zoolander”? Good, then you’ll like Zoolander 2.”
Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it a 75 score, saying: “Sometimes unapologetically stupid and joyously crass, it’s often brilliant in its absurdity, one of those rare comedies where the audience sits there dumbstruck, wondering what crazy thing will happen next. It takes really smart people to make a movie this silly.”
Chris Nashawaty over at Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 42 grade, claiming: “Zoolander No. 2 is embarrassing, lazy, and aggressively unfunny. The only good news is that at the pace the franchise is moving, we won’t get Zoolander 3 until 2030.”
Kenneth Turan from the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 40 score, stating: “Zoolander 2 defines haphazard. You may smile at times, but not as often as you’d like.”
David Rooney over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 grade as well. He said: “Sure, it’s a kick to see Stiller and Wilson back in the shoes of these camera-ready cretins, but for every joke that sparks there are several that just lay there.”
Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a 38 score. He stated: “Stiller the director does a fine job of making Zoolander 2 look like an actual spy movie, but we’ve seen far better takeoffs, including “Spy” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” in just the last couple of years. As for the jabs at the transient nature of popular culture and the ridiculousness of high fashion world — easy, tired targets.”
Brian Truitt over at USA Today, gave it a 38. He said: “Moviegoers may wish that Will Ferrell’s megalomaniacal supervillain Mugatu had won in the first Zoolander and saved us from another film with these boneheads.”
Ty Burr from the Boston Globe, gave it a 38 score. He stated: “This needless sequel amps the silliness to DEFCON-4 levels of frantic surrealism and overstuffs the running time with famous faces. It’s a pop quiz instead of a movie, and it’ll be dated by tomorrow morning.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.