“Pointless And Not Funny At All”
“GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY!!!!!!!!!!!”
“Hilarious In Spurts, But It Lacks The Ingenuity And The Supporting Cast That Made Anchorman So Great.”
“Blades Of Glory Really Does Come Through And It In No Way Discredits Will Ferrell For His Talent. However, It Still Suffers From Establishing A Solid Gag And Riding It All The Way To The Closing Credits.”
“This Movie Is Wacky Slapstick Comedy And Filled With One Laugh After Another. It's "Ice Castles" Meets "Animal House!"”
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.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
With Blades of Glory, Will Ferrell and Jon Heder stake an early claim to being the comedy couple of the year.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
There is a steady stream of laughs and narrative interest. Blades isn't quite as funny as Zoolander or Dodgeball, but it deserves a solid score from the judges.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Some of the best lines are featured in the TV commercials, making you wish the premise had lived up to its promise.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
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.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
As long as it's near the ice, Blades of Glory sticks a lot of its landings.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Blades is not quite Talladega Nights on Ice, but it's a lot of fun.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
Blissfully silly, triumphantly tasteless and improbably hilarious.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
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.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
The comedy plunges so deep into lame (lame?) it comes out on the side of fangless fun.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The directors, Will Speck and Josh Gordon, nail the subtext and straight-faced deportment of Ferrell's best movies.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
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?
Misha Davenport - Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Farrell and Heder are pretty funny, but they're consistently upstaged by supporting players William Fichtner, Will Arnett, and Amy Poehler.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
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.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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.
Tom Long - Detroit News
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.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
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.
John Anderson - Variety
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.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
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.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Blades of Glory is only slightly less funny -- if you ask ignorant old me -- than watching real figure skating. It's your coin.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
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.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
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.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Blades of Glory does have its moments of loopy ingenuity, even if none of them goes quite far enough.
Dana Stevens - Slate
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
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.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
[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.
David Germain - Associated Press
Blades is an acceptable Friday evening diversion, most of which will have run through your system by Saturday morning.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Blades takes a hard fall long before it can even nab a medal for fluff.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The movie is at its funniest and most original when zinging the sometimes pretentious milieu of competitive figure skating.
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
No guts and no glory, and not much in the way of comedy, either.
Peter Keough - 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.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
Blades of Glory doesn't get the gold, in fact, I think they just miss out on the bronze.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
JoBlo - 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.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
...humorous fluff at best but formulaic and predictable.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
A no harm-no foul feelgood flick where everybody gets an 11th hour dispensation since Jimmy was really straight all along.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
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.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A painless if unremarkable night out, lifted considerably by the over-the-top skating sequences.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Ferrell doesn't need a great script or direction to be funny. The man just is funny.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
Slight, but amusing vulgar comedy.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Blades of Glory is funny, and that's all that matters.
Todd Gilchrist - IGN Movies
The result proves sadly under-choreographed. And choreography is everything in a film that leans as heavily on slapstick as this one.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
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Dragan Antulov - Index.hr
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 protegee ... and Ferrell is the sex addicted Tsunami of Swagger, thrown unwillingly together.
Urban Cinefile Critics - 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).
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
l'enjouement et la constance avec lesquelles cette connerie nous ait deblateree la rendent desopilante pour les bonnes raisons
Jean-Francois Vandeuren - Panorama
We'll keep tolerating Ferrell as long as he throws in a 'Stranger Than Fiction' or 'Elf' every now and again.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
An elongated comedy sketch, without any depth or development.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Exceeded my very low expectations...Despite the dry spells between genuine laughs, the movie feels over and done with, but doesn't really leave you wanting more. It's just right, and just a little flat.
Karina Montgomery - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Some of the laughs are inspired and big, and while you wish the movie was as cruel as you know the figure skating world really is, at least it isn't afraid of being silly.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
You may need diapers (if you don't normally wear them) to view this.. Let the world rest a while and enjoy the silliness.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
The comedy is disposable because Ferrell and Heder don't bother being recognizably human.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Solid formula that is guaranteed to tickle most everyone's funny bone several times
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Cavorting on the ice in their elaborate figure skating costumes, Will Ferrell and Jon Heder made me laugh so much my stomach ached.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Blades of Glory" will have Will Ferrell fans dizzy with laughter.Silly, uneven, but hilarious when it's funny, the show might remind his fans of "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
The week's pleasant surprise was finding myself chuckling and occasionally laughing out loud at Blades of Glory.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Roughly twice as good as a movie with such a thin comedic premise deserves to be.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
I found myself not even giggling.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Ferrell Still Rocks Even When He's Coasting
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Will Ferrell is funny. Just looking at him makes you chuckle. Jon Heder is funny looking. Together, they make an amusing duo. And Blades of Glory is a funny film.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
After Ferrell's manchild partners with a fey figure-skating rival (Heder), it's strictly uninspired buddy-comedy bickering.
David Fear - Time Out New York
I can't remember a time when I have laughed so long and hard at a decapitation gag.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Formula rules, as Ferrell applies his schtick to another sport. But there's enough silly spectacle and eye-popping costumes to compensate.
Nick De Semlyen - Empire Magazine
Personable enough, though genuine belly laughs are in short supply.
Trevor Johnston - Time Out
Hilarious comedy with superb comic performances from Heder and Ferrell and some impressive digital trickery during the ice skating scenes.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
For a similar film that offers more laughs by taking it to the limit, rent the Farrelly brothers' 1996 bowling gem Kingpin.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Blades of Glory has the sport's absurd elements down cold and skates by on Ferrell's comic bluster. Even the French judge would agree.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"Blades of Glory" is not a great comedy but one with enough laughs, skating action and attitude to amuse its audience...
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
You know something's amiss in 'Blades of Glory' when ringside commentators Scott Hamilton and Jim Lampley have the best lines.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
While I still think Will Ferrell is a hilarious guy, these Blades are disappointingly dull.
Lisa Ann Cockrel - Christianity Today
Together, though, [Ferrell and Heder] strike enough sparks to earn a 5.8 for artistic interpretation and a 6.0 for effort.
Neil Smith - BBC
It has taken the world's best James Lipton imitator almost a decade to hit number one at the box office. Credit movie screen experience and perfectly matched material.
Brent Simon - FilmStew.com
The plot is extremely thin but a spoof of ice skating was inevitable, and I'm glad Ferrell is the one to do it.
Michael Black - ReviewExpress.com
A star-studded broad comedy designed to make you forget your cares and have 93 minutes of good goofy fun. On that level, it succeeds as beautifully as a well-executed triple axle.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
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.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
That's Craig T. Nelson. 'Hey Craig, where have you been? I was beginning to think your career was built on an ancient Indian burial ground!'
Mark Ramsey - MovieJuice!
...it's funnier than Wild Hogs, which is about as ringing an endorsement as I'm capable of these days.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
The Ferrell Formula has by now got most of its kinks worked The film takes aim at a particular career choice, the protagonist exposes his body and utterly unrockable worldview, and the costar(s) surrender to Ferrellworld, wherein conventional masculinity
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Some scenes are funny, some not. That balance ought rate a flat out B, but there were a handful of scenes that were so funny that they tied me in knots, so... B
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Light and silly, and maybe not on a level with Ferrell's funniest work, but still entertaining.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
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.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
It may be ice, but Will Ferrell is on fire. That's right, I said it.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The filmmakers wisely surrounded themselves with people who know how to wring solid belly laughs out of a paper-thin premise.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
You need a perfectly timed double take to work with Will Ferrell, and Jon Heder thankfully possesses a formidable one.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
There are some clever and raunchy sight gags, but after a fast start Blades of Glory loses its edge.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
This silly, satirical comedy glides in, skating on thin ice.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
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.
Tom Charity - CNN.com
A silly spoof that's often unexpectedly sweet.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
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.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Ferrell's best laugh-out-loud vehicle since Anchorman.
Brian McTavish - Kansas City Star
Critics may accuse Ferrell of making a career out of insider sports comedies, with Blades hot on the heels of Talladega Nights, but it's still a funny, well-rounded package that lets the talents of other cast shine, too.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Blades is most gloriously goofy in those moments when Ferrell follows his own advice and leaps above the compulsory comedy.
Chad Greene - Boxoffice Magazine
Heder, with his snappy reactions and his bride-of-Elton-John skating ensembles, is funny beyond the call of a second banana. And Ferrell, with his little piggy eyes and his bursts of unfounded braggadocio, is frequently hilarious. We've seen him do this s
Kurt Loder - MTV
herky-jerky from beginning to end... an increasingly tiresome string of sight gags about men groping other men, punching each other in the crotch and practicing silly routines.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The script's failure leaves a heavy burden on the cast, and how well they compensate is both a testament to their talent and a waste of it.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Mike Barnard - Future Movies UK
The comedy might stumble as nearly as much as it glides, but there is more than enough sheer, side-splitting absurdity to justify your attention and admission.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
if it doesn't earn a gold, is a solid comedic silver.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
Completely and shamelessly silly, the movie elicits more than enough big laughs to make even the most cynical and parsimonious moviegoer feel like he got his money's worth of entertainment.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Predictably goofy-minded and off-centered, Blades is a desired guilty pleasure for Ferrell fans that want to park their funnybones at the nearest skating rink.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
Stupid is as stupid does, and 'Blades of Glory' does stupid right.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Both fun and edgy. It's crowd friendly comedy that still knows how to push against the borders.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Having to watch so many wonderful comedic actors suffer through it makes it all the more depressing.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Ferrell and Heder have yet to prove themselves as great actors, but they are great clowns, working the material for all it's worth.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Equal parts inspiration, perspiration and hairspray, Blades of Glory is silly and enjoyable but not as consistently funny as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Ferrell's last sports spoof.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
...the latest in a seemingly endless line of unremarkable comedies featuring Will Ferrell...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
[The directors] haven't quite managed to make Blades of Glory feel that different from most commercial Hollywood comedies -- even with all that help from the sport itself.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
It's Ricky Bobby and Napoleon Dynamite on ice... the film for all the people who loved that Snickers Super Bowl ad and were upset when it was pulled.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
On ice, the movie is often fairly funny. Off it, the garish outfits, the genitalia jokes, the beer-slob gags about gays, the women as cheap laughs, even the cute guest cameos start to shiver and melt.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
If you liked Anchorman or Talladega Nights, you'll get the same thing here with Ferrell's locker-room brand of humor.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The film is modestly entertaining, but it would have been much funnier if Ferrell had had a more qualified partner to work with.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
All this talent gives Blades Of Glory high technical marks, but it's the presentation that's less than Olympic.
Alex Markerson - E! Online
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.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
If there was an Olympics for purely fun movies, this would skate away with one of those pretty medals.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
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.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Whatever negative things there are to say about Blades of Glory, it's still funny.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Blades doesn't hit the non sequitur heights of Anchorman or Talladega Nights, but the cast is great and several gags hit hard.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Dave White - Movies.com
[Will Ferrell's] new film is easily on a par with [his] earlier efforts.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The textbook definition of a Passable Matinee Comedy, Blades of Glory will please Will Ferrell's fans and irritate those who think figure skating is an activity worthy of reverence.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
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.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
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.
Ruthe Stein - San Francisco Chronicle
Ferrell scores again in Blades of Glory, a comedy that would not seem to need making.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Blades of Glory is directed by the two guys who make the Geico caveman commercials. They haven't made a first-rate Ferrell comedy, but they do understand the kind of absurdism and physical comedy prized by his fans.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
A gold medal winner with HUGE laughs. Check your brain at the door for this one and you won't be disappointed.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
They don't quite nail it.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
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.
John Hartl - Newsweek
Definitely pushes the envelope of crotch jokes and slapstick humor, but there are enough completely original bits that work to recommend it.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
How do you put fire & ice together and get gold? It takes a lot of work and in the midst of all the great one liners you have a solid comedy.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Yes, Will Ferrell is once again playing a macho jerk in dire need to learn some life lessons--in spandex and ice skates, no less. But honestly, can anyone else do it better?
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
"Blades of Glory" sets the stage for outrageous cheesiness from its opening shot when a beautiful four-year-old orphan dressed in a cheap hand-knit body suit skates implausibly well to the tune of Andrea Bocelli's "Con Te Partiro."
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Even with a few extra pounds, he's comic grace on ice.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Two actors with unique personas, Ferrell and Heder make a good combo, delivering winningly funny wordplay and skate moves.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
It's one of Ferrell's lightest, least edgy movies, and you'd need a microscope to find things at which to take serious offense.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It sounds formulaic, but it's formula done right.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
If your only goal for going to the movies this weekend is to indulge in mindless laughter, then you can't go wrong here.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
One of the most keenly perceptive comedies ever made about straight male bonding, fear of intimacy, and masculinity. Not to mention figure skating.
Brian Juergens - AfterElton.com
It's hard to dislike a movie that has the funniest decapitation gag in years.
John Thomason - Orlando Weekly
The script is sharp and fast, and almost keeps up with the hilarious cast.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
A spirited addition to this line of movies, but, alas, the formula is starting to wear around the edges.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Blades of Glory, although mildly amusing, has the dank odor of having gone to the well once too often.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Blades of Glory is not quite Anchorman or Talladega Nights but a good enough entry to round out Ferrell's humbled arrogance trilogy.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
It's the sort of movie you have to see twice because you were laughing so hard, you missed half the jokes the first time around.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
[A] sporadically funny but never really inspired sports comedy.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
All of the requisite parts are there - silly outfits, crazy hair, outrageous dialogue, and Jenna Fischer from The Office stealing my heart with every wholesome, sweeter-than-a-Cadbury-Egg smile.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Like most Will Ferrell movies, it has enough riotous moments to carry you through the dull stretches.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
An acerbic, satirical and richly comic escapade--or should that be ice capade?
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
As silly as would be expected, but, as usual, from this comedy machine, some good laughs along the way.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Will Ferrell seems to be working his way through every sport ever covered on ESPN. With figure skating, he has found a target-rich environment for comedy.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The movie really should be much funnier than it actually is.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
It certainly hasn't taken long for Ferrell to settle comfortably into the comedic trap of repeating his most popular persona.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Ferrell is the rare screen comedian who doesn't mind sharing the wealth, and the laughs, with his co-stars, and here he has surrounded himself with some funny people.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
... pales next to its predecessors. While there are some laughs here -- the best of which sound like Ferrell improvisations -- there are nowhere near enough to sustain a feature.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
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.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
This is essentially a one-joke film, but between [Ferrell and Heder], they keep that joke buoyant by finding every possible variation on the relationship between Chazz and Jimmy played out at the level of petulant six-year-olds.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Even the surprises aren't particularly surprising here. But the comic performers all deliver.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
[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.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
It may seem like faint praise to deem Blades of Glory par for the course, but when the par is that funny, it's no mean feat.
David Thomas - Filmcritic.com
Instead of just trying to be gross, as so many comedies resort to, Blades of Glory actually knows comedy and when a situation has been stretched for all it's worth. Fortunately there is a scene of equal or greater comedy on deck.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
When faced with Will Arnett and Jon Heder, you can sense Ferrell is overcompensating on purpose.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
Exhausted and riddled with bad timing.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
More concerned with forcing random humor within its setup than finding the real humor that's there.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
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.
Julia Wallace - L.A. Weekly
It does feature a few guilty laughs throughout -- and a couple of really big laughs toward the end.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Blades of Glory doesn't reinvent the wheel--in fact, its knowledge of the wheel probably doesn't extend beyond 'of cheese' and 'of Fortune.'
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
It's Ferrell who does most of the heavy lifting...[and] kudos to costume designer Weiss whose clothes get laughs both on and off the ice.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
This exhibition of infantilism is all very silly, of course, but worse it's not terribly funny.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A true ice queen sandwich!
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
A lot of Blades feels as outdated as the old scoring method it uses but that real figure skating has banished.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Ferrell makes up for everything with his flawless delivery, both subtle and outrageous.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
The directors make bold choices that keep the audience guessing. For instance, there's no groin-punch joke until 40 minutes in. For a Will Ferrell movie, that's a record.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
In this lighthearted homage to the homoeroticism of figureskating Will Ferrell has delivered an unusually funny flick.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
The film will be a hit, but I'm still disappointed that the film skates by on the bare minimum of effort.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
It's the new Will Ferrell movie. Need we say more?
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
Why is it whenever a male comic actor is desperate for a laugh, he invariably begins licking his fingertips and stroking his nipples? This is a new hack staple -- the physical equivalent of complaining about airplane food.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly