While you don’t have to wait anymore as Zoolander 2 just came out today, you might want to think twice before heading out to a theater to see it.
Critics are not only hating on Stiller’s most recent comedy by calling it “idiotic”, and a “hideous knockoff” filled with a “parade of forgettable cameos”, but it currently has a 20% on Rotten Tomatoes.
See what critics from all over had to say about the disappointing sequel (below):
Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun: “Zoolander No. 2 is a James Bond flick with a frontal lobotomy, a brain-damaging procedure that renders Ben Stiller’s oddball movie into an incoherent and idiotic mess.”
Alonso Duralde, The Wrap: “Scene partners don’t seem to be on the same frequency, and the timing often falls flat, and the result is a movie that ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ in my audience, anyway ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ exhausted the good will and anticipation of people who were hoping to be entertained but ultimately capitulated to the general airlessness of the final product.”
Brian Truitt, USA Today: “Stiller’s Derek Zoolander (he of the powerful ├óΓé¼╦£Blue Steel’ and ├óΓé¼╦£Magnum’ looks) and Wilson’s Hansel (whose signature expression seems to be ├óΓé¼╦£Pouty Resting Face’) return for a follow-up comprised of tired in-jokes, a strangely mean-spirited family subplot and a parade of forgettable cameos by A-list celebrities. 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.”
Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair: “Yes, Zoolander 2 is that bad, an unending string of creaky pop-culture jokes ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ a hotel has ├óΓé¼╦£farm-to-table WiFi,’ because ├óΓé¼╦£farm-to-table’ and ├óΓé¼╦£WiFi’ are terms people are using these days ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£peppered with squicky, uncomfortable outr├â┬⌐ bits that land badly.”
Christian Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly: “The thing is, if Stiller spent half as much time sharpening the film’s jokes as he did rifling through his Rolodex for celebrity cameos (Willie Nelson, Kiefer Sutherland, Susan Boyle?!), he might’ve coughed up a few laughs. As it is, though, Zoolander 2 is embarrassing, lazy, and aggressively unfunny. The only good news is that at the pace the franchise is moving, we won’t get ├óΓé¼╦£Zoolander 3′ until 2030.”
Nico Lang, Salon: “If you enjoyed Zoolander, listen to your friend Billy Zane: Toss this one back in the bargain bin where it belongs. This hideous knockoff isn’t just a crime against fashion, it’s an affront to everyone who liked the original.”
Despite the flick’s low score on RT, there are a couple top critics who enjoyed it:
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: “Zoolander captured its moment, and so does Zoolander 2. It skewers the preening emptiness of contemporary culture with the help of people who are part of it.”
Jesse Hassenger AV Club: “It’s a bizarre and pointless spectacle, but not an unamusing one.”
Do these bad reviews turn YOU off from wanting to see Zoolander 2?
[Image via Zoolander/Instagram.]