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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
    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
    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
    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: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. WinstonL
    Nov 12, 2009
    EVERYTHING about this movie is simply Oscar-worthy.
  2. RobertT.
    Oct 3, 2009
    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
    Loved it. Would happily see it again. A triumph fro Drew.
  4. JasonL
    Oct 2, 2009
    A decent flick. Not bad for Drew's first time directing, but it was apparent she was a bit of a newbie. Little things like characters overdoing small actions to spice things up where it just drew attention to the directing. But, she also created a comfortable environment to allow the actors to explore the mood of the scene and flesh out some nice touching moments. There were some good laughs and a few tears to be had. Ellen was very good and especially adorable. Wiig is growing on me more and more all the time. Drew was great, as was Lewis. The real test is if I would see it again. Definitely. And nobody in the theater was in a hurry to leave after. We all stayed for the fun credits. Kudos. Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Oct 4, 2009
    Bliss Cavendar(Ellen Page) exercises her freedom of choice, and she chooses roller derby. Raised by a mama who is grooming her for a life of tiaras and parade floats, Bliss wants to knock people out with brawn and stamina, not beauty and poise. "Whip It" is a satirical, but offsetting film that messes with Texas, small-town Texas, which shares the same tonal melange of smugness and compassion towards its rural characters as Mike Judge's animated series "King of the Hill". The film may view a woman like Brooke Cavendar(Marcia Gay Harden) as inherently ridiculous, but it stops short of mocking this reactionary lady. For example, when Brooke takes her daughter shopping for boots, she becomes the butt of a joke about unworldly hayseeds, in which this paegant mom coos like a southern debutante over the bongs she mistakenly identifies as "pretty lamps". Instead of dragging out the joke about a straight arrow mother's ignorance over drug paraphernalia, Brooke quickly recovers, and diagnoses her environs as being a "head shop". Like Peggy Hill(voiced by Kathy Najimy) from the cancelled Fox series, Brooke Cavendar is allowed to keep her dignity. Granting that beauty paegants are a de-evolutionary step for womankind, in which the Kings of Leon song "Knocked Up" is used as a predictor of Bliss' narrowing future of being a mother and homemaker when this ironic contestant crosses the stage with her blue do, roller derby seems equally narrow in scope, and may lead the girl down a path that's no less middling than the one she's leaving. After all, in roller derby, you're just rolling around in circles. Expand
  6. j30
    Oct 7, 2011
    A decent directorial debut from Drew Barrymore. Ellen Page and Kristen Wiig are always terrific. If you're looking for a date night, chick flick movie that's bearable, this might be your ticket. Expand
  7. ArvinM.
    Oct 2, 2009
    Whip this in the trash right next to Donnie Darko.

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