Drew Barrymore's directorial debut is being criticized by some as more of a meta-movie than an original thought, but others seem to really dig it.
"The movie is miles more intelligent than most of the cream-of-wheat marketed to teenage girls. Funnier, more exciting, even liberating."
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...clicks on so many levels — heartwarming family story, rough-and-tumble display of grrrl power and a secondary but tender and convincing romance..."
— Peter Brunette, Hollywood Reporter
"Whip It suggests what might have happened if Juno had gone to a high school as poky as Napoleon Dynamite's and decided that although her mother wanted her to be a beauty queen like Little Miss Sunshine, she'd rather just strap on roller skates."
— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"The only thing that keeps [director] Barrymore's effort from playing like an American Movie Classics rerun is the soundtrack..."
— Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice
"There's a lot of underlying potential here, but there seems to have been no one around to whip it into shape."
— Ryan Stewart, Slant Magazine Posted 10.01.09 by reelz
Reportedly, Chris Weitz will not direct the third film in the Twilight series, Eclipse (he'll be in post-production with New Moon while the third flick shoots). So who will direct it? The answer might (okay, very likely will) surprise you.
Drew Barrymore is among a select group of directors Summit Entertainment is considering to helm the film. Barrymore has long been involved in movies as both an actress and a producer, but she just finished shooting her directorial debut, Whip It!, with Ellen Page. The roller derby girl movie doesn't hit theatres until October, so it will be a while until we get to see her handiwork behind the camera. Until then, we'll just have to work on forgiving her for He's Just Not That Into You and imagine how she might incorporate daisy chains into Eclipse. Posted 02.27.09 by reelz