Whip It Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 8, 2010
It's absolutely freaking fantastic.
April 8, 2010
An enjoyable treat that'll have you rolling out of the cinema experiencing a mild sense of déjà vu but ultimately feeling rewarded for your investment.
April 7, 2010
Easily one of the best films of the year, thanks to a superbly written, cliche-dodging script, a fabulous soundtrack and wonderful performances from a terrific ensemble cast.
April 1, 2010
[It's] hard not to be moved by the irrepressible sense of fun and optimism on display here.
March 30, 2010
Has verve to spare, not to mention a message ... refreshingly delivered with more blood and sweat than tears.
March 18, 2010
It is very difficult to dislike Whip It as it does eventually end strongly and it is so well intentioned.
March 18, 2010
This undemanding coming-of-age comedy is sharply put together with a bright cast and genuinely infectious energy
February 10, 2010
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut blasts in some girls who just want to have fun - and you'll be happy to join them.
January 31, 2010
The feminist coming of age sports dramedy has a sweet and sunny disposition bolstered by a proud independent streak.
December 17, 2009
Surprisingly satisfying.
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