Whip It Reviews

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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 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.
October 14, 2009
It's just "Footloose" goes to the roller derby.
October 8, 2009
Not the holy roller expected of such a promising cast, premise and debut director.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 3, 2009
This film is so boring that after an hour I was ready to bolt. It picked up a little in the last 50 minutes, but not enough to recommend.
October 3, 2009
...a bloated, unfocused debut that does not know what it wants to be.
October 2, 2009
Whip It looks like it was a fun movie to make. Unfortunately, it's not all that fun to watch.
October 2, 2009
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is a larky and ultimately disposable entertainment.
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
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.
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.
October 2, 2009
Screenwriter Shauna Cross dulls the edges of her novel Derby Girl, which the skate action and rockin' soundtrack can't disguise.
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.
October 1, 2009
Manages to make a sport about women on roller skates beating the crap out of each other tedious.
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.
October 1, 2009
Roller derby is more than women in fishnet stockings on roller skates. But Whip It isn't.
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