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Stick It (2006)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 20

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.



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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


Drama, Comedy

Jessica Bendinger

Sep 19, 2006


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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.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A deliriously, defiantly unfocused headrush...

May 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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.

May 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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There is a positive message in the film, often obscured by the bogus punk attitude.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Yes, we're in the world of elite gymnastics, and Jessica Bendinger's Stick It is an enjoyable exercise in girl power.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

April 28, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

April 19, 2009 Full Review Source:

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.

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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.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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

January 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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?

November 5, 2006 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

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

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

October 17, 2006 Full Review Source:

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.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

October 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

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

September 18, 2006 Full Review Source:

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.

August 24, 2006 Full Review Source:

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.

June 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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.

May 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

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

May 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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

May 7, 2006 Full Review

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.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Stick It

The film was ok. Missy Peregrym was fiesty and she really carried the film. Kellan Lutz is also undoubtably beautiful.
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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July 24, 2010

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Story, I can see how it is likeable by teen girls, but this film is terribly weak!
January 26, 2010
KJ Proulx

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