Stick It Reviews

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Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 6, 2006
Peregrym lands on her feet, even if the movie doesn't.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
May 4, 2006
Halfway through, you'll be ready to tell the people behind this malnourished rubbish exactly where they can stick it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2006
A deliriously, defiantly unfocused headrush...
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Rubin Safaya
Cinemalogue.com
May 3, 2006
The film attempts, and fails, to move in directions dramatically that are just beyond the reach of the director, Jessica Bendinger, who wrote the nearly identical "Bring It On."
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
May 1, 2006
This film is about as bitchy and mean spirited as you can and still have sweetness and light all around at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 1, 2006
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.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
May 1, 2006
"Stick It" is a movie full of attitude, eye candy and action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 30, 2006
This is no rah-rah spandex-strutting teen flick. It's a pointed human drama with plenty to say about the unfair, borderline child-abusive sport of gymnastics, with its archaic, dense scoring system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 30, 2006
Jeff Bridges has never been better than he is here as a coach who uses authority, patience and humor to motivate the gymnasts in his charge.
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
April 29, 2006
For teens only.
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
April 28, 2006
hopes to distract us with several montages of scantily clad leotard wearing jail bait girls working out, dancing, performing their gymnastics routines and acting as sassy as possible. If you are under 18, YAY! If you are older, SHAME ON YOU!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 28, 2006
I liked the passion with which the story argued its point about unfairness in gymnastic judging. But - and this is a big but - I didn't believe the plot twist that is used to make the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
April 28, 2006
In Stick It attitude comes before all else. Attitude runs crazy -- cartwheeling, handspringing, bird-flipping attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shawn Adler
IGN Movies
April 28, 2006
It would of course be irresponsible of me to say that all teenage girls will love this movie. But I can say, with some certainty, that more than a few twenty-five year old boys will like it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 28, 2006
There is a positive message in the film, often obscured by the bogus punk attitude.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 28, 2006
Yes, we're in the world of elite gymnastics, and Jessica Bendinger's Stick It is an enjoyable exercise in girl power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 28, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
April 28, 2006
Stick It has a clunky script, a game cast and swell bodies in motion. It would have been better if [director] Bendinger tried to tell it more than sell it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kim Morgan
Reel.com
April 28, 2006
Though the film's twist is an entertaining jolt to the standard sports story, its vision of integrity over points is executed with a surprising lack of finesse.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 28, 2006
While Bendinger retains her writer's ear for the way teen girls talk, joke and taunt, she doesn't always run a tight ship as director.
| Original Score: C+
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