Blades of Glory Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
March 29, 2007
It certainly hasn't taken long for Ferrell to settle comfortably into the comedic trap of repeating his most popular persona.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
March 30, 2007
Although Will Ferrell does supply most of the film's intermittent laughs, the ridiculous concept and poor execution put "Blades" at the bottom of Ferrell's otherwise winning resume.
| Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 30, 2007
Blades of Glory is a feeble satire that doesn't do much that's incisive or interesting, and the tame PG-13 rating keeps the raunchiness in check.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 4, 2007
You know something's amiss in 'Blades of Glory' when ringside commentators Scott Hamilton and Jim Lampley have the best lines.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Thin, monotonous
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 30, 2007
Blades of Glory is too broad to be satire and not mean enough by half -- in any case, competitive figure skating already does a pretty good job spoofing itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 29, 2007
A lot of Blades feels as outdated as the old scoring method it uses but that real figure skating has banished.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 29, 2007
Ferrell's testosterony shtick fails to tweak any notions of athletic masculinity because it's only used as a conventionally humorous juxtaposition for ice-skating's mocked femininity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 3, 2008
Blades of Glory doesn't get the gold, in fact, I think they just miss out on the bronze.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Orndorf
OhmyNews.com
March 29, 2007
When faced with Will Arnett and Jon Heder, you can sense Ferrell is overcompensating on purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 8, 2007
We'll keep tolerating Ferrell as long as he throws in a 'Stranger Than Fiction' or 'Elf' every now and again.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 30, 2007
You know those one-joke Saturday Night Live sketches that start to age after six minutes? Blades of Glory is one joke that lasts 93 minutes, costs $11 and could involve sitting next to a guy who retells the movie into his cellphone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
June 23, 2007
The result proves sadly under-choreographed. And choreography is everything in a film that leans as heavily on slapstick as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 30, 2007
Some of the best lines are featured in the TV commercials, making you wish the premise had lived up to its promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Julia Wallace
L.A. Weekly
March 29, 2007
Blades does capture the obvious eccentricities of the skating world, and is funny up to a point, but by now Ferrell & Co. have the formula for a mild comedy down pat. What they need is a little soul.
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Misha Davenport
Chicago Sun-Times
March 30, 2007
I'd try to avoid the usual cliche of saying this is a fine 10-minute Saturday Night Live sketch that's padded with another 80 minutes of filler, but if this unclever and mostly unfunny film doesn't bother to put in any effort, why should I?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 5, 2007
Personable enough, though genuine belly laughs are in short supply.
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
March 30, 2007
It isn't terrible, just terribly lazy. How many comedians would play two different sex-addicted lunkheads named Chazz in two different movies? Some funny bits here and there, but Will Ferrell's sports shtick is badly glazed over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 29, 2007
[F]unny... only if you think there is something amusing about men who are anything other than the Hummer-driving, date-raping, 'hot-blooded' caricature of a manly man.
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
March 31, 2007
This silly, satirical comedy glides in, skating on thin ice.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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