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An unreasonably entertaining movie, causing you perhaps to revise your notions about women's Roller Derby, assuming you have any.
Sweet without being sticky and funny without getting silly, Whip It introduces Barrymore as a director with a keen eye, a good ear for tone and an inspired touch with actors.
It's that happiest of surprises: a multiplex movie that genuinely respects its young audience.
The 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.
For all the hip checks and bloody noses, it doesn't have a mean bone in its body.
Whip It (which takes its name from a play in which skaters hold hands and form a human whip to propel the last skater forward) is heaven on wheels.
Barrymore's direction is generous to a fault, and there are times when you wish Whip It simply moved faster, on and off the track. It succeeds because of the emotional rather than comic payoffs.
Miami Herald
Whip It is completely predictable from the first frame. It also is ridiculously, utterly entertaining.
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.
The movie is Drew Barrymore's directorial debut (she also plays fellow Hurl Scout Smashley Simpson), and it's clear she's more attuned to grrrlishness than real athletic power.
To paraphrase Devo: Whip It, not so good.

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