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  • Summary: A rebellious Texas teen trades in her small town beauty pageant crown for the rowdy world of roller derby. (Fox Searchlight)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 88
    An unreasonably entertaining movie, causing you perhaps to revise your notions about women's Roller Derby, assuming you have any.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    80
    Laced with good-natured hipster kitsch and endearingly goofy girl power, director Drew Barrymore's roller-derby dramedy, Whip It, is a gas.
  3. It's that happiest of surprises: a multiplex movie that genuinely respects its young audience.
  4. What Barrymore brings is good-natured, girl-powered subversion, a sense of when to flaunt clichés and when to flip them over the rails.
  5. 70
    A surprisingly credible coming-of-age story.
  6. Reviewed by: Jessica Baxter
    60
    Whip It doesn’t just refer to whipping around the track or whipping ass. It’s about a girl who must whip herself into shape and grow up.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    50
    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) about whom we learn just enough to wish the movie was focused on them instead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. WinstonL
    Nov 12, 2009
    10
    EVERYTHING about this movie is simply Oscar-worthy.
  2. RobertT.
    Oct 3, 2009
    10
    Ellen Page took her tyoecast of "The Wierd Girl" to a new level. I thought this film would be just like Juno without the pregnancy and drama (Juno is my favorite movie.) But it wasn't all of the actor and actresses did an outstanding job. Ellen Page's work really stuck out to me. Especially the aforementioned typecast weird girl role. It's like she was still that role but a different better version. The film its self was very good. The plot and camera work as well. It was a tad predictable but over all the film has been the best of this year so far. Expand
  3. JonW
    Jan 4, 2010
    9
    Loved it. Would happily see it again. A triumph fro Drew.
  4. EnzoP.
    Oct 4, 2009
    7
    Whip It is a funny comedy that shows Bliss (roller derby name Babe Ruthless) finding her passion and what she wants to do in life. Kind of surprised that someone would want to roller derby for the rest of your life know its practically illegal and of course her parents hate Babe's new hobby. I don't like this quote very much but I think I should say it. 'It's just a movie.' None of this will probably happen to you. Also some people say it is more then a movie if they like it a lot. But this isn't a masterpiece. Drew Barrymore coming of her best acting performance on an HBO series Grey Gardens Drew takes on directing a film. Before she started working on the film she had no idea what to do or what you were supposed to do. So she took some lessons and she was on her way. Very good debut and I wonder if she is going to make other films. Overall it's a good film not perfect but looking forward if Drew will make another film. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2011
    7
    I really liked the cast! Very nice people gathered for the premiere of Drew Barrymore as a director. There are many cute scenes, some dialogue as well. But what attracts this movie, other than the cute Ellen Page, are the super forced performances of the girls. Drew and Juliette Lewis are very enjoyable to see. In addition, the Roller Derby is fun to watch because it has a lot of beating. I also loved the soundtrack. I think itâ Expand
  6. CharlesS.
    Oct 3, 2009
    6
    Charming performances and good energy but predictable and boring plot.
  7. ArvinM.
    Oct 2, 2009
    0
    Whip this in the trash right next to Donnie Darko.

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