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Stick It (2006)


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 98
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 68

Critics Consensus: Director Jessica Bendinger is unable to transfer her winning Bring It On formula to the world of gymnastics, despite Missy Peregrym's strong lead performance.

Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 10
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Director Jessica Bendinger is unable to transfer her winning Bring It On formula to the world of gymnastics, despite Missy Peregrym's strong lead performance.


Average Rating: 3.4/5
User Ratings: 320,577


Movie Info

Haley Graham is a rebellious 17 year-old who is forced to return to the regimented world of gymnastics after a run-in with the law. A judge sentences Haley to her ultimate nightmare -- attending an elite gymnastics academy run by legendary hardnosed coach Burt Vickerman. Haley's rebellious spirit and quick-witted banter quickly shakes things up at the strict school - making both close friends and bitter foes along the way. Haley surprises herself as she discovers an unexpected ally in the form … More

PG-13 (for some sexual crude remarks)
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Jessica Bendinger
In Theaters:
Sep 19, 2006
Box Office:
Buena Vista - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Stick It

All Critics (103) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (68) | DVD (16)

Star Missy Peregrym shows more promise in her first feature, despite the fact that her teenage years are clearly behind her, and her charismatic screen presence enlivens an otherwise dull film.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A deliriously, defiantly unfocused headrush...

Full Review… | May 3, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

I love Jeff Bridges, but watching him mumble and stumble his way through this part, I wondered if maybe he was up before a judge who gave him two choices -- jail or starring in a really bad gymnastics movie.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

There is a positive message in the film, often obscured by the bogus punk attitude.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Yes, we're in the world of elite gymnastics, and Jessica Bendinger's Stick It is an enjoyable exercise in girl power.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It's a credit to [writer/director] Bendinger's attention to the little details that make Stick It feel so unique and entertaining -- poking fun at elite-level child athletics while still respecting its young characters and their feelings.

Full Review… | April 28, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A message of competitive independence permeates debut director Jessica Bendinger's spunky movie about Haley Graham (Missy Peregrym) a headstrong gymnast-disguised-as-rebel who learns to embrace her talents by way of careful coaching from Jeff Bridges.

Full Review… | April 19, 2009

Like most sports movies, Stick It has a message: Unless they're equipped with loads of sass-back and a pile of band T-shirts that announce their hardcoreness, female gymnasts are really, really stupid.

March 6, 2008
Washington City Paper

A middle-aged white guy who's not a perv can actually enjoy the snappy dialogue, astounding athletics and solidly sentimental sports clichés.

Full Review… | February 6, 2007
Film Journal International

an essence of by-mistake-80s-homage is the only thing keeping this movie at the crust of the rest of made for TV teen flicks

Full Review… | January 14, 2007
Movies for the Masses

Stick It was not made for fat, bald guys in their mid-30s. So is it a big surprise that I didn't like the movie?

Full Review… | November 5, 2006
7M Pictures

...sample line of dialogue: "I'm so sure I'm practically deodorant!"

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

'This sport is a total joke!' fumes the spunky gymnast heroine of Stick It, a sentiment that will be shared by anyone who wastes their hard-earned on this silly teen comedy.

Full Review… | October 17, 2006

Missy Peregrym is a real find - she gives an energetic, funny and extremely physical performance, to the point where you feel exhausted just watching her.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006

The script fights well against the cliche-ridden plot but this is very average all round.

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
Empire Magazine

Snappy dialog and some prickly satire give it an edge most of these youthful romps lack.

Full Review… | October 1, 2006
Shadows on the Wall

This is a movie for fourteen-year-olds that feels like it's been written by one.

Full Review… | September 18, 2006

Stick It is an enjoyable kids' film with a tough group of gals who have an appreciation for gymnastics and claim that what they do is harder than being a Navy SEAL.

Full Review… | August 24, 2006

Writer director Jessica Bendiger has in part differentiated the film by giving it an indie feel. But the storyline is misguided in that it suggests that bad sportsmanship is to be admired.

Full Review… | June 13, 2006
Urban Cinefile

For a film whose characters value authenticity and natural talent, it's ironic that Stick It's rebellious nature is more of a fashion statement than state of mind and its showstopping physical feats...are computer-aided.

Full Review… | May 15, 2006
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Bridges maintains his dignity as best he can, but Peregrym fails to convince, either as a teenager or as a gymnast.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

Bendinger's film is a mess. That's really all there is to it.

Full Review… | May 9, 2006
Film Threat

Missy Peregrym is the second coming of Nancy McKeon (do I want to kiss her, or get her to change my oil?).

May 8, 2006
Planet Sick-Boy

Comes unglued about two thirds of the way through

Full Review… | May 7, 2006

Bridges, as always, turns in dependable work as the hard-nosed coach Vickerman, but the character comes with a little too much backstory that neither advances the plot nor finds resolution.

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Stick It

This little seen teen comedy is excellent. Jeff Bridges and Missy Peregrym put on a good show and the gymnastics is amazing at times. Real gymnasts are throughout the movie like co-star Maddie Curly, a UNC Tarheel All American Gymnast. If you havent seen this movie do yourself a favor and watch it. Its well worth the time.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

The film was ok. Missy Peregrym was fiesty and she really carried the film. Kellan Lutz is also undoubtably beautiful.

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Richard C

Super Reviewer


Story, I can see how it is likeable by teen girls, but this film is terribly weak!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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