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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: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. May 31, 2014
    8
    Let me first state I don't like dramas and really only if there good will I manage to somewhat enjoy them this movie was fairly good I liked the story and the humor also the competition was fun to watch as well it kept the cliche love stuff to a minimum which is very fortunate I'd recommend watching this especially if your an Ellen Page fan like I am Expand
  2. Dec 11, 2010
    8
    A very pleasant film that is greatly elevated by fine acting from Ellen Page and Marcia Gay Harden. After decades in Hollywood, Drew Barrymore clearly knows her way around a film set and proved herself to be a very adept director. This movie is purely fun and escapist, and I could see teenage girls really rallying around it. Expand
  3. 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
  4. j30
    Oct 7, 2011
    6
    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
  5. Mar 20, 2012
    5
    Formula film that is fun to sit back and watch without any high expectations.
  6. Nov 15, 2010
    3
    Feels like a whole bunch of executives had a meeting and decided to pack as many indie stereotypes in to one movie as possible. Their market research was accurate, but still, it didn't feel right. I bet the actresses had a good time on set though and I am jealous of that! Ellen Paige is a babe. Expand
  7. Aug 29, 2010
    0
    Drew barrymoore's first and hopefully last film. To say it was dreadful, is a compliment. The only thing i can remotely recommend is the soundtrack, I never thought Barrymoore was that great at acting, but i think it's something she ought to stick to. Expand

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