Whip It Reviews

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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
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.
October 14, 2009
It's just "Footloose" goes to the roller derby.
October 8, 2009
Surprisingly touching moments of realisation and emotional connection manage to rise above the dramatic cliches that pepper the rest of the film and account for the best scenes in Whip It. Next to all the punch-ups on the track, that is.
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 2, 2009
It's that happiest of surprises: a multiplex movie that genuinely respects its young audience.
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.
October 2, 2009
Love may be too strong a word, for me. But I'm deeply in like with Whip It.
October 2, 2009
Boisterous, cloying, simultaneously raunchy and innocent, hip and klutzy.
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
Barrymore's embrace of gal power is joyful. The skaters are gutsy, goofy or both. They own their own odd sexiness.
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.
October 2, 2009
Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is a larky and ultimately disposable entertainment.
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.
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.
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 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.
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