• PG-13, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Josh Gordon , Will Speck
    In Theaters:
    Mar 30, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 28, 2007
  • Paramount Pictures

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Blades of Glory Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
David Fear
Time Out New York
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After Ferrell's manchild partners with a fey figure-skating rival (Heder), it's strictly uninspired buddy-comedy bickering.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

April 7, 2007
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Personable enough, though genuine belly laughs are in short supply.

Full Review Source: Time Out

April 5, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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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
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

March 31, 2007
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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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 Source: CNN.com

March 31, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Blissfully silly, triumphantly tasteless and improbably hilarious.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 30, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Some of the best lines are featured in the TV commercials, making you wish the premise had lived up to its promise.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 30, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1/4

March 30, 2007
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Blades is an acceptable Friday evening diversion, most of which will have run through your system by Saturday morning.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 30, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A silly spoof that's often unexpectedly sweet.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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They don't quite nail it.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 30, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2007
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 30, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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

March 30, 2007
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 30, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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 Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

March 30, 2007
John Hartl
Newsweek
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

March 30, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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Two actors with unique personas, Ferrell and Heder make a good combo, delivering winningly funny wordplay and skate moves.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 30, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The directors, Will Speck and Josh Gordon, nail the subtext and straight-faced deportment of Ferrell's best movies.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

March 30, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Blades is not quite Talladega Nights on Ice, but it's a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2007
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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

March 30, 2007
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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 Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 30, 2007
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

March 30, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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 Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

March 30, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Ferrell scores again in Blades of Glory, a comedy that would not seem to need making.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2007
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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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-

March 30, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The comedy plunges so deep into lame (lamé?) it comes out on the side of fangless fun.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 30, 2007
Misha Davenport
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 30, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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As long as it's near the ice, Blades of Glory sticks a lot of its landings.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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

March 30, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

March 30, 2007
John Anderson
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 30, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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The movie is at its funniest and most original when zinging the sometimes pretentious milieu of competitive figure skating.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 29, 2007
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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

March 29, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Farrell and Heder are pretty funny, but they're consistently upstaged by supporting players William Fichtner, Will Arnett, and Amy Poehler.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 29, 2007
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Blades takes a hard fall long before it can even nab a medal for fluff.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 29, 2007
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Blades of Glory does have its moments of loopy ingenuity, even if none of them goes quite far enough.

Full Review Source: Slate

March 29, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Like most Will Ferrell movies, it has enough riotous moments to carry you through the dull stretches.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

March 29, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 29, 2007
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 29, 2007
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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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 Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

March 29, 2007
Julia Wallace
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 29, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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It sounds formulaic, but it's formula done right.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

March 29, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

March 28, 2007
David Germain
Associated Press
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[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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 27, 2007
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