Whip It

Whip It

Whip It

In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit (Elliot Page) finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Whip It marks the directing debut of Drew Barrymore, who also stars.

2009Rating: M111 minsUSA
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Whip It / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Laced with good-natured hipster kitsch and endearingly goofy girl power, director Drew Barrymore's roller-derby dramedy, Whip It, is a gas.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

At moments, especially in the conflicted intimacy between Marcia Gay Harden and Daniel Stern as Bliss' parents, Barrymore shows real directing chops. But in Whip It she's painting inside the box.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

An unreasonably entertaining movie, causing you perhaps to revise your notions about women's Roller Derby, assuming you have any.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

You know where it's going, and you've seen these characters before, but it's a moving little flick full of feisty fun.

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Newshub

Newshub

While the story itself is a trifle clichéd and not particularly inventive, the roller derby backdrop is fresh and the performances good, lifting Whip It well above above the mundane.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

What makes Whip It a blast is the action in the rink. What gives Whip It heart is the pathos, pain and mettle-testing elements that accompany any serious athletic competition. It doesn't hurt that its diminutive star is surprisingly athletic and agile on the track.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Clicks on so many levels -- heartwarming family story, rough-and-tumble display of grrrl power and a secondary but tender and convincing romance.

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