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Whip It Reviews

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Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Led by Ellen Page, the movie finds the Juno star playing a slightly less cocksure version of the Diablo Cody creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
Juliette Lewis and her crazy eyes pretty much make any movie better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
[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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 22, 2010
It doesn't reach for an epic scale but is comfortable in its humility, and that makes it all the more stellar...
Simon Foster
August 10, 2010
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.
Cris Kennedy
July 4, 2010
What impresses is the girl power spirit often prevalent in Barrymore's work, but also a its sense of optimism and warm heart.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
May 22, 2010
A surprisingly energetic, provoking and entertaining coming of age story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Bonner
Uncut Magazine [UK]
April 21, 2010
Slight narrative arc notwithstanding, there's a lot of warmth here.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
Whip It follows the classic follows the classic tropes of any indie coming-of-age film, big game showdown et al, but does it all so well you'll be instantly charmed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
April 15, 2010
Unlike most Hollywood teen product, here fulfilment comes not from what others think of you but from what you think of yourself. In short, it's Girl Power reinvented.
April 15, 2010
Like the roller derby girls splayed out on the rink, Barrymore's film is frequently all over place but it manages to stay on its feet at the end. Just.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rosie Fletcher
Total Film
April 15, 2010
Part underdog sports flick, part coming-of-ager, Whip It! trades on familiar formulaics, yet Shauna Cross' smart script (based on her novel) keeps things fresh and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
April 13, 2010
The picture's heart is very much in the right place, with the characters all affectionately drawn, but boy does it drag, while efforts at raucous humour (drunkenness, a food fight) fall flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Xan Brooks
April 9, 2010
Drew Barrymore makes her directing debut with a join-the-dots sports outing that's so brightly played - and so essentially sweet-natured - that its manifest cliches come up smelling of fresh paint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Gallagher
Future Movies UK
April 8, 2010
With Page easily handling what little dramatic weight there is, the support players are free to focus on being funny, and they give it their all.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 8, 2010
Although there's nothing original about it, and although it's handled competently rather than with breathtaking élan, it's almost impossible to dislike...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
April 8, 2010
Sure, Whip It is clichéd, slight and formulaic, but it still has enough charm and wit to keep us entertained. And it's packed with girl power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 8, 2010
As a sports movie and as a mixed-up teen flick, it keeps taking unexpected turns, and unlike so many in the former genre, remembers there's more to sport dramas than just winning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
April 8, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
April 8, 2010
If the film were any more brainless, it would be a lump of rock. But if it were any less brainless, it might be less fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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