Box Office - 09/14/2009
4 star out of 5 -- "Barrymore grew up in the movies and clearly has learned from the best....She effortlessly brings the story to life on the screen and, in fact, shows a flair for action with the gripping Derby scenes."
Los Angeles Times - 10/02/2009
"What makes WHIP IT a blast is the action in the rink. What give WHIP IT heart is the pathos, pain and mettle-testing elements that accompany any serious athletic competition."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/02/2009 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[I]t has guts, charm, and a black-and-blue sweetness....Ellen Page, still only 22, is the real thing."
Rolling Stone - 10/15/2009
"At moments, especially in the conflicted intimacy between Marcia Gay Harden and Daniel Stern as Bliss' parents, Barrymore shows real directing chops."
Total Film - 03/19/2010 4 stars out of 5 -- "[V]ital and fun....Shauna Cross' smart script keeps things fresh and funny."
Empire - 05/01/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "Ellen Page gets the follow-up role to JUNO that confirms her position as the junior leading lady with the most potential."
Uncut - 05/01/2010 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t offers insight into a world rarely depicted in movies: women's sports....There's a lot of warmth here."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2010
"[T]he real novelty is the tone, which -- thanks to Shauna Cross' charming script and Barrymore's gung-ho, effervescent direction -- is infectious."
Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with this feisty, female-friendly action-comedy. JUNO's Ellen Page stars as Bliss Cavendar, a young woman who longs to break free of her small-town bonds by joining the rough-and-tumble sport of roller derby in nearby Austin, Texas.
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