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Blades of Glory (2007)


Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 183
Fresh: 127
Rotten: 56

Critics Consensus: Thanks to the spirited performances of a talented cast - particularly Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as rivals-turned-teammates -- Blades of Glory successfully spoofs inspirational sports dramas with inspired abandon.

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 31
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: Thanks to the spirited performances of a talented cast - particularly Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as rivals-turned-teammates -- Blades of Glory successfully spoofs inspirational sports dramas with inspired abandon.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 1,401,590


Movie Info

Will Ferrell, Jon Heder, and Will Arnett headline this high-concept comedy concerning two male figure-skating rivals aching to compete despite having been banned from the sport. Their medals stripped after getting into a highly publicized fight at the World Championships, star figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) are barred from ever competing in the sport again. Upon discovering a loophole that will allow them to perform together in the pairs figure skating … More

PG-13 (for crude and sexual humor, language, a comic violent image and some drug references)
Directed By:
Written By:
Craig Cox , Jeff Cox , John Altschuler , David Krinsky
In Theaters:
Aug 28, 2007
Box Office:
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Blades of Glory

All Critics (183) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (127) | Rotten (56) | DVD (21)

After Ferrell's manchild partners with a fey figure-skating rival (Heder), it's strictly uninspired buddy-comedy bickering.

Full Review… | April 7, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Personable enough, though genuine belly laughs are in short supply.

Full Review… | April 5, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

If they gave Oscars for Best Performance by a Comedic Actor playing an endearingly clueless oaf in a sports comedy... Will Ferrell would be up for the Lifetime Achievement Award by now.

April 2, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Blades Of Glory does what a good Ferrell vehicle is supposed to do -- it strings enough good bits together to keep the tissue-paper story from tearing, and it comes in at 90 minutes. And that's as close to sticking the landing as it's going to get.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Ferrell isn't breaking new ground, but one day -- when he's branching out to play psycho killers and getting in touch with his inner Thespian -- we'll look back on his clowning period and wonder why he would want to do anything else.

Full Review… | March 31, 2007
Top Critic

Blissfully silly, triumphantly tasteless and improbably hilarious.

Full Review… | March 30, 2007
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Thin, monotonous

Full Review… | August 27, 2009

No guts and no glory, and not much in the way of comedy, either.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

This really shouldn't have taken five writers and two directors, especially considering the splendor costume designer Julie Weiss achieves all by herself. But it's not bad for such a thoroughly unitarded concept.

Full Review… | August 7, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Blades of Glory doesn't get the gold, in fact, I think they just miss out on the bronze.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

Great fun!

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

I can't imagine what circumstances would lead me to watch the film, in its entirety, a second time. But I'm glad I saw it once.

Full Review… | September 20, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

...humorous fluff at best but formulaic and predictable.

Full Review… | August 27, 2007
Movie Metropolis

Sketch comedy stretched to its maximum length, and while it's good fun, like that big dumb goof in every high school class, it comes oh-so-close to wearing out its welcome.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007
Apollo Guide

A no harm-no foul feelgood flick where everybody gets an 11th hour dispensation since Jimmy was really straight all along.

Full Review… | August 25, 2007

A painless if unremarkable night out, lifted considerably by the over-the-top skating sequences.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Ferrell doesn't need a great script or direction to be funny. The man just is funny.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

Slight, but amusing vulgar comedy.

Full Review… | July 2, 2007
Laramie Movie Scope

Blades of Glory is funny, and that's all that matters.

Full Review… | June 25, 2007
IGN Movies

The result proves sadly under-choreographed. And choreography is everything in a film that leans as heavily on slapstick as this one.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Sydney Morning Herald

na tankom ledu

Full Review… | June 22, 2007

this wacky comedy simply glides over the ice, never falling in the cracks or tumbling off course. Heder plays the angelic-faced blonde-mopped former child protégée ... and Ferrell is the sex addicted Tsunami of Swagger, thrown unwillingly together.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007
Urban Cinefile

It's silly and fun with real figure skating personalities involved... they add a bonus dimension to the jokes (like throwing in a double toe-loop after landing a triple axle).

Full Review… | May 28, 2007

l'enjouement et la constance avec lesquelles cette connerie nous ait déblatérée la rendent désopilante pour les bonnes raisons

Full Review… | May 19, 2007

We'll keep tolerating Ferrell as long as he throws in a 'Stranger Than Fiction' or 'Elf' every now and again.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

An elongated comedy sketch, without any depth or development.

Full Review… | May 7, 2007

Audience Reviews for Blades of Glory


Truly funny, but a bit overwrought.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

Chazz: Troubled childhood? If you consider a 9 year old kid with a 35 year old girlfriend troubled. 

"Kick Some Ice"

Blades of Glory has been a movie that I had very little interest in ever watching. What with Jon Heder, who I normally hate, and a plot that revolves around figure skating; I never really figured it had a whole lot to offer. I finally checked it out though, and I was completely wrong. While this is no great achievement, it is a movie that I really loved. It's pure fun from start to finish and that's coming from somebody that never even wanted to see this movie to begin with.

Two men's figure skating rivals, Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy are two of the best in the sport. While competing at the world championships, they end up tying for the gold medal. While on the podium, the two get into a fight which results in them being stripped of their medals and also prohibited from ever being able to compete in the sport they both love. After a few years one of Jimmy's biggest fans tells him that he can still compete, but it has to be in doubles. So through some weird meet up, Chazz and Jimmy join together as a team to try to smell the gold once again. 

I have to admit to being a big Will Farrell fan. I understand that some can't stand the guy, but I for one love his delivery in his movies. His performance as Chazz is one that really brings back memories of his performance as Ricky Bobby. Both are done in sports that a lot of people don't really give a shit about, and his character in both is very egotistical. As a Will Farrell fan, this movie stands out to me as one of my favorites he's ever done, and his ridiculous performance as Chazz is one of my favorite performances from him ever. 

Blades of Glory has a hell of a lot more going for it then I could have ever thought. It's comedy won't be for everyone, but if it fits your taste, you'll love it. There's a lot of great satire of the sport of figure skating just as there was in Talladega Nights. The film also has a wonderful and big supporting cast including Jenna Fischer, William Fichtner, and Craig T. Nelson. Blades of Glory is definitely worth a shot because if you don't over critique it, you'll be in for a really fun viewing experience.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Talladega Nights is so much better. This movie has such a great cast but the film makes (almost) no attempt at making the characters likable, it has no specific target audience and is sometimes more gross than funny. I loved the chemistry between ferrel and heder but the movie itself is just a mess.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Will Ferrell hasn't lost a step and is still great as always. In a bit of a different quirky role, Ferrell adds to the film tremendously, more than I can describe. I loved the film, thought it was funny, and is a must see in the comedy genre.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Blades of Glory Quotes

Chazz Michael Michaels:
They laughed at Louis Armstrong when he said he was gonna go to the moon. Now he's up there laughing at them.
– Submitted by Nandu J (2 years ago)
Sports Anchor:
[Describing Chazz] Chazz Michael Michaels: an ice-devouring sex tornado.
– Submitted by Isaac H (3 years ago)
Chazz Michael Michaels:
An ice-devouring sex tornado.
– Submitted by Isaac H (3 years ago)
Jimmy MacElroy:
[disgusted] I'm not skating to anything with references to lady humps. I don't even know what that means.
Chazz Michael Michaels:
No one knows what it means, but it's provocative...
Jimmy MacElroy:
No, it's not, it's gross...
Chazz Michael Michaels:
...It gets the people going!
– Submitted by Isaac H (3 years ago)
(about Chazz) The only skater to win four national championships and an adult film award.
– Submitted by Janna M (3 years ago)
Stranz Van Waldenberg:
Not only did we embarrass Marky Mark, we let down the Funky Bunch.
– Submitted by Janna M (3 years ago)

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