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  • Summary: When rival figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels (Ferrell) and Jimmy MacElroy (Heder) go ballistic in an embarrassing, no-holds-barred fight at the World Championships, they are stripped of their gold medals and banned from the sport for life. Now, three-and-a-half years on, they've found a loophole that will allow them to compete: if they can put aside their differences, they can skate together -- in pairs' figure skating. (DreamWorks Pictures) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Blissfully silly, triumphantly tasteless and improbably hilarious.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    This Will Speck-Josh Gordon-directed farce is the triple axel of comedy.
  3. 75
    The film is quick, painless, and more than a little brave: not since John Travolta, Jamie Lee Curtis, and the aerobicizers in "Perfect" has so much Lycra been so abused for our pleasure.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Part of the problem lies in the casting imbalance: Ferrell is so much more adept at this comedy style than Heder.
  6. Fans of figuring skating will enjoy much of the silliness, however, because its better moments have fun lampooning all the hoopla that surrounds the sport and there are cameos from the likes of Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, Brian Boitano, Peggy Fleming and Sasha Cohen.
  7. 38
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 4 out of 55
  1. LouisH.
    Apr 16, 2008
    First, let me say that I love this site and how it gives us the chance to express ourselves. Back on subject: I can't think of any reason why this movie does not deserve a 10. I mean, it was hilarious (even for the comedy-hating critics), what more do you want? Expand
  2. KimT
    Apr 10, 2007
    First, let me say that I'm probably an exception to the 'normal' demographic for Will Ferrell's brand of humor - 49/F. That said, "Blades of Glory" is flippin' hilarious! I was doubled-over with laughter more than once and my husband (he's 53) and I were cracking up throughout the entire movie. Some of the best fun in life is stupid fun. We have to grow older, but we don't have to grow up, right?! Keep laughin' kids! Expand
  3. TylerD.
    Apr 21, 2007
    Honest to goodness, I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my entire life. Heder and Farrel worked together brilliantly in this film. Absolutely hilarious. Expand
  4. HollyR.
    Apr 1, 2007
    OMG I haven't laughed so hard since Borat (which I loved!). I love figure skating and I loved this movie!!! It was awesome. I couldn't care less about comparing Will Ferrel to his other movies, but he and the Napoleon actor were both great in this, period. I can't wait to go see it again! Expand
  5. ChristopherW.
    Apr 15, 2007
    The two leads once again demonstrate their ample comedic talents, particularly in the many scenes they share together. This is the kind of film that anticipates its audience by not catering to any high order pretensions. It's packed end to end with good laughs and wonderful fun. If you prefer your comedies grounded in realism, avoid this one. Others eat up! Expand
  6. JoshY.
    May 26, 2008
    Lighthearted and funny and most parts, uncomfortable in others, never gut-busting hilarious.
  7. KyleW.
    Sep 4, 2007
    Quite possibly one of the worst movies I have ever seen. Only slightly better than Nacho Libre, which isn't saying much. How does Will Ferrell go from making good movies like "Stranger Than Fiction" to such crap? Expand

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