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Drew Barrymore makes her directorial debut with Whip It!, the story of an ex-beauty pageant contestant named Bliss (played by Juno's Ellen Page) who leaves her crowns behind after joining a roller-derby team. While her mother would prefer that Bliss unlace her skates and step back before the judges, the rebellious teen instead seeks the wisdom of rowdy mentor Malice in Wonderland (Kristen Wiig) in learning the tricks of the circuit track. The Mandate Pictures production was written by roller derby star-turned-screenwriter Shauna Cross. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Deftly moderating her patented eye-rolling poseur shtick, Page delivers her most charismatic and least divisive performance to date as Bliss Cavendar, aka Babe Ruthless."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"For the most part, the 34-year-old Barrymore, with much of her life spent in front of the camera and more than a few impressive producing credits already in the bank, proves steady on her feet, able to handle curves and straightaways with equal grace."
‑ Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Led by Ellen Page, the movie finds the Juno star playing a slightly less cocksure version of the Diablo Cody creation."
‑ Simon Reynolds, Digital Spy
"It doesn't reach for an epic scale but is comfortable in its humility, and that makes it all the more stellar..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A surprisingly energetic, provoking and entertaining coming of age story."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It's just "Footloose" goes to the roller derby."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard Roeper.com
"Love may be too strong a word, for me. But I'm deeply in like with Whip It."
‑ Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle
"Juliette Lewis and her crazy eyes pretty much make any movie better."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"Barrymore is just as determined to land some insightful and unexpected dramatic punches as she is with the inherent physical comedy for which the sport is renowned."
‑ Simon Foster, sbs.com.au
"Slight narrative arc notwithstanding, there's a lot of warmth here."
‑ Michael Bonner, Uncut Magazine [UK]
"It's that happiest of surprises: a multiplex movie that genuinely respects its young audience."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Boisterous, cloying, simultaneously raunchy and innocent, hip and klutzy."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"[Whip It] treats its mostly female cast of characters with respect, and this is (sadly) a rare treat in cinema. Hannah Montana may be this generation's Spice Girl, but Bliss Cavender is the one really waving the 'girl power' flag."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"What impresses is the girl power spirit often prevalent in Barrymore's work, but also a its sense of optimism and warm heart."
‑ Cris Kennedy, Screenwize
"Whip It follows the classic follows the classic tropes of any indie coming-of-age film, big game showdown et al, but does it all so well you'll be instantly charmed."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
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