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Whip It (2009)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 180
Fresh: 151
Rotten: 29

Critics Consensus: While made from overly familiar ingredients, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut has enough charm, energy, and good-natured humor to transcend its many cliches.

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 37
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: While made from overly familiar ingredients, Drew Barrymore's directorial debut has enough charm, energy, and good-natured humor to transcend its many cliches.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 113,079

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Movie Info

Bliss is a rebellious Texas teen who throws in her small-town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby.

Rating:
PG-13 (for sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Shauna Cross
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 26, 2010
Box Office:
$13.0M
Runtime:
Fox Searchlight Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Whip It

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (151) | Rotten (29) | DVD (11)

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… | April 8, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

It's just "Footloose" goes to the roller derby.

Full Review… | October 14, 2009
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

It's that happiest of surprises: a multiplex movie that genuinely respects its young audience.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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… | October 2, 2009
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Love may be too strong a word, for me. But I'm deeply in like with Whip It.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Boisterous, cloying, simultaneously raunchy and innocent, hip and klutzy.

Full Review… | October 2, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Led by Ellen Page, the movie finds the Juno star playing a slightly less cocksure version of the Diablo Cody creation.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Juliette Lewis and her crazy eyes pretty much make any movie better.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011
Movies.com

[Whip It] treats its mostly female cast of characters with respect, and this is (sadly) a rare treat in cinema. Hannah Montana may be this generation's Spice Girl, but Bliss Cavender is the one really waving the 'girl power' flag.

Full Review… | October 27, 2010
Quickflix

It doesn't reach for an epic scale but is comfortable in its humility, and that makes it all the more stellar...

Full Review… | August 22, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Barrymore is just as determined to land some insightful and unexpected dramatic punches as she is with the inherent physical comedy for which the sport is renowned.

Full Review… | August 10, 2010
sbs.com.au

What impresses is the girl power spirit often prevalent in Barrymore's work, but also a its sense of optimism and warm heart.

July 4, 2010
Screenwize

A surprisingly energetic, provoking and entertaining coming of age story.

Full Review… | May 22, 2010
Cinema Sight

Slight narrative arc notwithstanding, there's a lot of warmth here.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
Uncut Magazine [UK]

Whip It follows the classic follows the classic tropes of any indie coming-of-age film, big game showdown et al, but does it all so well you'll be instantly charmed.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Fan The Fire

Unlike most Hollywood teen product, here fulfilment comes not from what others think of you but from what you think of yourself. In short, it's Girl Power reinvented.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Daily Mirror [UK]

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.

Full Review… | 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.

Full Review… | April 15, 2010
Total Film

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… | April 13, 2010
Daily Express

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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2010
Guardian

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.

Full Review… | 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...

Full Review… | April 8, 2010
Daily Telegraph

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2010
Birmingham Post

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2010
Empire Magazine

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… | April 8, 2010
Financial Times

Audience Reviews for Whip It

I completely loved this movie. Ellen Page is one of the best young actresses out there! A fun ensemble cast help tells the story of the misunderstood teen who finds her escape in roller derby. Drew Barrymore directorial debut simply rocks!

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John Manard

Super Reviewer

It's obscurely humorous and heartfelt. Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is impressive and awkwardly stylish. Whip It supplies just enough in its envisioning tale and overall attitude to make this an intriguing coming-of-age story. 4/5

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Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

½

I'm not much of sports fan or a lover of teenage 'Coming of age' films but this one worked for me. It's serious when it needs to be and funny the rest of the time, all the characters were believable and likable. It's pretty light on the cliches too which was a relief, I was worried at first that the 'Alternative' youth were going to be misrepresented but I don't think they were (although what the hell do I know about America's alternative youth today). All in all, an entertaining film and thankfully not some nasty mail fantasy of girls hurting each other. The soundtrack was great also.

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Oh that Drew Barrymore can do anything...

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Whip It Quotes


Bliss Cavendar:
I would have called.
– Submitted by B.J. S (2 years ago)
Smashley Simpson:
God damnit Dianne!
– Submitted by James H (3 years ago)
Earl Cavendar:
I can take losing the money. I cannot take loosing the chance for our kid to be happy.
– Submitted by Nasrullah A (3 years ago)
Bliss Cavendar:
Screw you and your grandmother's Chevy Celebrity!
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Earl Cavendar:
I like smart girls. That's why I married your mama. Well, that and I knocked her up.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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