Whip It (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

Whip It (2009)



Critic Consensus: While made from overly familiar ingredients, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut has enough charm, energy, and good-natured humor to transcend its many cliches.

Movie Info

Bliss is a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small-town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby.more
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Shauna Cross
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 26, 2010
Box Office: $13.0M
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


Ellen Page
as Bliss Cavendar
Drew Barrymore
as "Smashley Simpson"
Juliette Lewis
as "Iron Maven"
Kristen Wiig
as "Maggie Mayhem"
Marcia Gay Harden
as Brooke Cavendar
Daniel Stern
as Earl Cavendar
Alia Shawkat
as Pash Amini
Andrew Wilson
as Coach "Razor"
Jimmy Fallon
as "Hot Tub" Johnny Roc...
Zoe Bell
as "Bloody Holly"
as "Rosa Sparks"
Ari Graynor
as "Eva Destruction"
Eulala Scheel
as Shania Cavendar
Carlo Alban
as Birdman
Kristen Adolfi
as Manson Sister #1
Rachel Piplica
as Manson Sister #2
Edward Austin Kelly
as Pageant Coordinator
Barbara Coven
as Pageant Mother
Michael Petrillo
as Poindexter
Sean O'Reilly
as Colby's Friend #2
Sam Zikakis
as Colby's Friend #3
Rusty Mewha
as Holy Rollers Coach
Will Brick
as Referee
Alexis O'Neill
as Pocket Rocket
Eli Bleiler
as Jaba the Slut
Kristen 'Krissy Kras...
as Manson Sister #1
Rachel 'Iron Maiven'...
as Manson Sister #2
Claudia Rogers
as Mrs. Weaver
Latasha Pippen
as Juana Beat'n
Sydney Bennett
as Kami Kaze
Danny Mooney
as Smashley's FiancÚ
Mark Boyd
as Ronny
Brent Kyle
as Savage
Har Mar Superstar
as Fight Attendants Coa...
Claudia Rodgers
as Mrs. Weaver
Patrick Moug
as Terrifying Cop
Kent Cummins
as Atomic City Clerk #1
Sarah Yaeger
as Atomic City Clerk #2
Chloe Truehart
as Atomic City Girl #1
Kyle 'Black Eyed Ske...
as Atomic City Girl #2
Genevieve Harrison
as Atomic City Girl #3
John Eatherly
as Oliver's "Turbo Frui...
Jonas Stein
as Oliver's "Turbo Frui...
Max Peebles
as Oliver's "Turbo Frui...
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Critic Reviews for Whip It

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (37)

Deftly moderating her patented eye-rolling poseur shtick, Page delivers her most charismatic and least divisive performance to date as Bliss Cavendar, aka Babe Ruthless.

Full Review… | April 8, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

Led by Ellen Page, the movie finds the Juno star playing a slightly less cocksure version of the Diablo Cody creation.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Juliette Lewis and her crazy eyes pretty much make any movie better.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

[Whip It] treats its mostly female cast of characters with respect, and this is (sadly) a rare treat in cinema. Hannah Montana may be this generation's Spice Girl, but Bliss Cavender is the one really waving the 'girl power' flag.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

It doesn't reach for an epic scale but is comfortable in its humility, and that makes it all the more stellar...

Full Review… | August 22, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Barrymore is just as determined to land some insightful and unexpected dramatic punches as she is with the inherent physical comedy for which the sport is renowned.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010

Audience Reviews for Whip It

I completely loved this movie. Ellen Page is one of the best young actresses out there! A fun ensemble cast help tells the story of the misunderstood teen who finds her escape in roller derby. Drew Barrymore directorial debut simply rocks!

John Manard

Super Reviewer

It's obscurely humorous and heartfelt. Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is impressive and awkwardly stylish. Whip It supplies just enough in its envisioning tale and overall attitude to make this an intriguing coming-of-age story. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Oh that Drew Barrymore can do anything...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Whip It Quotes

Bliss Cavendar: I would have called.
– Submitted by B.J. S (3 years ago)
Smashley Simpson: God damnit Dianne!
– Submitted by James H (4 years ago)
Earl Cavendar: I can take losing the money. I cannot take loosing the chance for our kid to be happy.
– Submitted by Nasrullah A (4 years ago)
Bliss Cavendar: Screw you and your grandmother's Chevy Celebrity!
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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