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Blades of Glory Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Fear
Time Out
April 7, 2007
After Ferrell's manchild partners with a fey figure-skating rival (Heder), it's strictly uninspired buddy-comedy bickering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
April 5, 2007
Personable enough, though genuine belly laughs are in short supply.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 2, 2007
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.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 31, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
March 31, 2007
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.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 30, 2007
Blissfully silly, triumphantly tasteless and improbably hilarious.
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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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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 30, 2007
Blades of Glory is only slightly less funny -- if you ask ignorant old me -- than watching real figure skating. It's your coin.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 30, 2007
Blades is an acceptable Friday evening diversion, most of which will have run through your system by Saturday morning.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 30, 2007
A silly spoof that's often unexpectedly sweet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 30, 2007
They don't quite nail it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 30, 2007
It's worth the admission price just to watch Ferrell and Heder, both more than 6 feet tall, take turns lifting each other and to see Heder's ankles wrapped around his co-star's neck.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 30, 2007
Dumb with a capital D, Blades of Glory takes its (almost) fleshed-out sketch-comedy idea as far as an ice-skating buddy movie with we're-not-gay jokes and a psycho stalker can go.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 30, 2007
It asks the rhetorical question, 'So what's wrong with the idea of a guy-guy pairs team?' On the other hand, Jimmy's butt-strutting in that peacock suit, his mincing walk, play right into the stereotypes that boneheads everywhere love to laugh at.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 30, 2007
Silly as a drag queen convention and subtle as an un-flushed toilet, Blades of Glory is everything you'd hope for in a Will Ferrell comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Newsweek
March 30, 2007
The sheer dreamy silliness of Will Ferrell's new comedy, Blades of Glory, carries it for a remarkably long time. Even after the movie starts recycling ideas and turns formulaic with an overextended chase sequence, it's impossible to dislike.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 30, 2007
Two actors with unique personas, Ferrell and Heder make a good combo, delivering winningly funny wordplay and skate moves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 30, 2007
The directors, Will Speck and Josh Gordon, nail the subtext and straight-faced deportment of Ferrell's best movies.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 30, 2007
Blades is not quite Talladega Nights on Ice, but it's a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 30, 2007
Eventually the film's limitations catch up with it, and you start feeling like you've seen all this before, maybe just not told exactly the same way.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 30, 2007
As with the recent hit middle-aged road comedy Wild Hogs, Blades of Glory tries to work maximum comic mileage from heterosexual men's fear of proximity to other men's penises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 30, 2007
If Blades of Glory isn't quite a triple-Lutz, nailed-it triumph of a movie, it's still loads of laughs and guaranteed to please audiences everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 30, 2007
Ferrell scores again in Blades of Glory, a comedy that would not seem to need making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 30, 2007
Blades of Glory doesn't pack quite the wallop of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, but it offers enough rewards to keep Ferrell fans happy.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 30, 2007
The comedy plunges so deep into lame (lamé?) it comes out on the side of fangless fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
March 30, 2007
As long as it's near the ice, Blades of Glory sticks a lot of its landings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 30, 2007
With Blades of Glory, Will Ferrell and Jon Heder stake an early claim to being the comedy couple of the year.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 30, 2007
The blissfully silly Blades of Glory is one of those rare comedies that puts a goofy smile on your face with the premise alone, and keeps it planted there right until its wacky finale.
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John Anderson
Variety
March 30, 2007
There may be an overabundance of pain jokes, crotch jokes and painful crotch jokes, but at the end of the program, this farce is the triple axel of comedy.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 29, 2007
The movie is at its funniest and most original when zinging the sometimes pretentious milieu of competitive figure skating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 29, 2007
This is a one-joke movie: A chubby klutz doing a lutz. But Ferrell does klutzy so well that it's just as funny during the last reel as in the first one.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 29, 2007
Farrell and Heder are pretty funny, but they're consistently upstaged by supporting players William Fichtner, Will Arnett, and Amy Poehler.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 29, 2007
Blades takes a hard fall long before it can even nab a medal for fluff.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
March 29, 2007
Blades of Glory does have its moments of loopy ingenuity, even if none of them goes quite far enough.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 29, 2007
Like most Will Ferrell movies, it has enough riotous moments to carry you through the dull stretches.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
March 29, 2007
To see seemingly regular guys utterly stripped of dignity and defense is cruel enough, but crueler still is the laughter that you cannot seem to stop from rupturing your lungs and aorta.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 29, 2007
The plot isn't much, but that's OK: The directing team of Will Speck and Josh Gordon throw their jokes at the wall in rapid succession, and most of them stick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 29, 2007
It may not take Ferrell in any new directions, but it proves that in the right context, looking like Kurt Russell's puffy brother in flaming Spandex, on ice, can give a guy an edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 29, 2007
One day some enterprising company will probably package Ferrell's sillier comedies together for a boxed DVD set. It has its moments, but Blades of Glory probably won't be the first one of the bunch you watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 29, 2007
It sounds formulaic, but it's formula done right.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 28, 2007
Blades of Glory has funny moves even when its characters can barely move, but the film seldom gets past its one basic laugh: that a real man figure-skating is a contradiction in terms.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 27, 2007
[There's] enough funny material for a great little Saturday Night Live sketch. The trouble is, there's an extra 80 minutes or so of down time in which Ferrell, Heder and their co-stars are pretty much repeating their characters' shallow schtick.