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Whip It Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 1, 2009
For a film about a sport that involves lots of pushing, elbowing and bruising, Whip It is just too overwhelmingly nice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
October 2, 2009
Barrymore's first film as a director is both formless and formulaic, but there's a palpable spirit behind it that makes its many rough patches tolerable.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
October 2, 2009
Built upon a mountain of clichà (C)s, the screenplay wallows in artificiality and, although some of the sports action sequences are well choreographed and have a ring of authenticity, nearly every scene away from the arena reeks of contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
October 1, 2009
There's an extended sequence of underwater kissing that makes it seem that both Page and Pigg are mer-people. Seriously, they never come up for air as they make out in about 15 different positions. It's only the audience that's drowning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Zach Gibson
Empire Magazine Australasia
October 8, 2009
Not the holy roller expected of such a promising cast, premise and debut director.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Giles Hardie
October 8, 2009
Whip It never quite finds its rhythm or energy and the actors all seem to be holding something back in a comic book tale that requires over exaggeration more than subtle nuance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
October 6, 2009
Barrymore's budding directing skills are on dazzling display during the skating scenes . But given the lack of depth in the writing, promising characters are often rolled over and flattened out.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
October 14, 2009
It's just "Footloose" goes to the roller derby.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
October 8, 2009
To date, as an actress and producer, Barrymore has made some excellent choices and has always seemed to have a gut instinct for what works. Until now. The saving grace of the film is the disarmingly appealing Ellen Page who escapes unscathed.
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
Staci Layne Wilson
Buzzine Magazine
September 19, 2009
Actor Ellen Page can do no wrong. Unfortunately director Drew Barrymore, screenwriter Shauna Cross, and cinematographer Robert D. Yeoman can.
Matt Pais
October 1, 2009
Just sort of rolls by, with a lot of attitude but little that adds to the heap of stories about rebellious kids, close-minded parents and underdog sports teams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
October 2, 2009
The result is a mixed Whip It crying out for more edge and honesty with a cast that looks like it is playing dress up
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Erik Childress
October 1, 2009
Whip It is the kind of film that you can't quite recommend but certainly wouldn't begrudge other people for liking either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 3, 2009
...a bloated, unfocused debut that does not know what it wants to be.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 30, 2009
Whip It suggests what might have happened if Juno had gone to a high school as poky as Napoleon Dynamite's and decided that although her mother wanted her to be a beauty queen like Little Miss Sunshine, she'd rather just strap on roller skates.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 1, 2009
It's as if Napoleon Dynamite and Little Miss Sunshine strapped on skates and sailed right into some pat Hollywood comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 2, 2009
Screenwriter Shauna Cross dulls the edges of her novel Derby Girl, which the skate action and rockin' soundtrack can't disguise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 2, 2009
Whip It looks like it was a fun movie to make. Unfortunately, it's not all that fun to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Scott Mendelson
April 22, 2010
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