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Whip It Reviews

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
October 14, 2009
It's just "Footloose" goes to the roller derby.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
October 5, 2009
One of the best girl casts of the year. You don't leave wanting to pick up the DVD, but you do want to pick up a set of dumbbells.
Full Review | Original Score: C
October 2, 2009
It's that happiest of surprises: a multiplex movie that genuinely respects its young audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2009
For the most part, the 34-year-old Barrymore, with much of her life spent in front of the camera and more than a few impressive producing credits already in the bank, proves steady on her feet, able to handle curves and straightaways with equal grace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 2, 2009
Love may be too strong a word, for me. But I'm deeply in like with Whip It.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2009
Boisterous, cloying, simultaneously raunchy and innocent, hip and klutzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
October 2, 2009
Barrymore's embrace of gal power is joyful. The skaters are gutsy, goofy or both. They own their own odd sexiness.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2009
It succeeds because of the emotional rather than comic payoffs, such as a late scene between Page and Harden, where daughter and mother, after a rough patch, hit on an unexpectedly serious subject.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2009
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is a larky and ultimately disposable entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 2, 2009
A surprisingly credible coming-of-age story.
October 2, 2009
Whip It, Drew Barrymore's fledgling outing as a director, stars Ellen Page in an engaging, affirming tale that's more sk8r grl saga than hell-on-wheels ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 2, 2009
Even if a tale of female empowerment through roller derby is not your particular cup of tea, Barrymore delivers it with such a giddy good sense of fun that it's easy enough to go along with.
October 2, 2009
Whip It has such a sweet spirit that it's easy enough to let its flaws sail by.
October 2, 2009
Girls just wanna have fun -- and boy, do they as rough 'n' ready roller derby players -- in Whip It, Drew Barrymore's exuberant and totally winning directing debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
October 2, 2009
It will not change the way you think about movies, roller derby or the relations between teenage girls and their mothers, friends or dreams. But it does invite you to stop and appreciate all those things.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 1, 2009
Scene for scene and beat for beat, this roller derby crowd-pleaser crackles with joy and jubilation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 1, 2009
Yes, you know exactly where this movie is going. But Barrymore and writer Shauna Cross give us plenty of reason to enjoy the journey, however familiar.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2009
Heaven on wheels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
October 1, 2009
Whip It, set in the roller-derby subculture of Austin, is a sweet coming-of-age comedy, safe, familiar and comforting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 1, 2009
Barrymore has so thoroughly laced Whip It with her own lunatic affections for women and the human race in general that it ought to be sold as an antidepressant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2009
It's virtually impossible to hate the film, but Barrymore's presence behind the camera suggests more calculation than vision; like a lot of actors who direct, she tends to the performances, but her style never rises above bland proficiency.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 1, 2009
Whip It is completely predictable from the first frame. It also is ridiculously, utterly entertaining.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2009
The cast is mostly female, the first-time director is Drew Barrymore, and the screenplay comes from Shauna Cross, based on her novel. But the teenage themes are universal: breaking from your parents, discovering yourself and following your bliss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2009
Yes, the movie has cliches. Yes, it all leads up to a big game. Yes, there is a character's validating appearance near the end. Yes, and so what? The movie is miles more intelligent than most of the cream-of-wheat marketed to teenage girls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 30, 2009
What Barrymore brings is good-natured, girl-powered subversion, a sense of when to flaunt clichés and when to flip them over the rails.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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+
September 30, 2009
This is Juno meets Slap Shot, a well-directed, well-cast romp that doesn't quite transcend its worn formula but is still the best girl-powered sports film since Bend it Like Beckham.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 29, 2009
Highlights: Andrew Wilson as the roller girls' coach (ah, so there's the Wilson brother who can act) and the roller-derby vets (played especially well by Juliette Lewis and Kristen Wiig).
September 29, 2009
Whip It is funny without trying too hard to be wacky, sweet without being overly sentimental.
September 28, 2009
Barrymore hovers over her actresses like the nicest, most nurturing den mother imaginable, and on its own, Go For It formula terms the movie delivers.
September 15, 2009
Some old material given a delightful new grrrl-power twist.
September 14, 2009
Laced with good-natured hipster kitsch and endearingly goofy girl power, director Drew Barrymore's roller-derby dramedy, Whip It, is a gas.