88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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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80

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.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
It's that happiest of surprises: a multiplex movie that genuinely respects its young audience.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

For all the hip checks and bloody noses, it doesn't have a mean bone in its body.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Most crucially, Barrymore encourages Page to just let herself go. The sight of her making her way up residential streets in a pair of Barbie roller skates or screaming “Marco’’ in a game of Marco Polo is simply joyful.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
To paraphrase Devo: Whip It, not so good.
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68 out of 100
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