Whip It Synopsis
A rebellious teenager (Ellen Page) from small-town Texas joins a roller-derby team in Austin.
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
To paraphrase Devo: Whip It, not so good.
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Whip It

By jimmoco
I have always been a roller derby fan, and this film is very enjoyable and fast moving. The movie belongs to Ellen Page and Marcia Gay Harden. They are both national treasures. Very heartwarming and...

Babe Ruthless and the Hurl Scouts

By Daydream
Drew Barrymore's debut as a director is a film that reaches out to those finding themselves in this world; for those who should follow what their gut tells them all along. Indie chick Ellen Page, aka...

Whip It whip it good

By jimjoel49
Ellen Page is one of those actresses that bring magic to whatever role she is playing. She steals the show in this feel good movie about coming of age. The movie is fun and heartwarming. Drew...

loved this movie. will watch again and buy dvd.

By jennytron
kids under 13 might be bored with it and won't be appropriate for them. they don't show anything, but a bra. so if you can't find a sitter, and have to take them, it's clean. loved this movie....


By Diamondgirlmovies
This was one of those movies that didn't get the ad time like the others but I'm thinking it will be a cult favorite one day. It's a quirky roller derby movie that probably should have been made...

Drew BARRYMORE & Cast totally WHIP IT!

By Javajive
This movie is Golden and it brought back alot of treasure memories of one of my all time favorite Sports ROLLER DERBY: a heavy Jam-WHIP IT Classic skating sports (started in 40's) that was the...

We liked it!

By msgeebee
I took my 13 year old grandson to see it and we were both surprised. It was a great movie. It was age approriate for him and kept my interest too. Very good movie and worth the price of the ticket....


By punkfangrl4
This movie was fun, interesting and inspiring. The style of the movie was entertaining. I love the characters. The quirkiness of the derby girls was great. Very true to the book. The skate parts were...

Great job by Barrymore

By fungolfgirl
What a great movie to go see this weekend. Barrymore proved once again that if you make it, make it good. Loved the film, the action, the acting, the new faces, all of it. Saw this with my teenager...

Blaaaahhhhh - I wouldn't watch it On Demand, but my daughter says she would

By Cavewmn
I was excited about seeing this movie that has some of my faves in it - Drew Barrymore, Juliet Lewis, and Ellen Page - but I ended up being disappointed. Not because of the acting, and not...

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Rated PG-13 | For sexual content including crude dialogue, language and drug material.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Roller derby dramedy mixes girl power and teen angst.
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