Whiplash

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Universal acclaim- based on 766 Ratings

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  • Summary: Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller), a young jazz drummer who attends one of the best music schools in the country under the tutelage of the school’s fearsome maestro of jazz named Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Oct 8, 2014
    100
    If you can appreciate the sight of two totally dialed-in performers simmering until they boil over, that's enough. And P.S., that's pretty much the definition of jazz.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Oct 16, 2014
    100
    Whiplash is true to its title. It throws you around with impunity, yet Chazelle exerts tight, exacting control over his increasingly feverish and often weirdly comic melodrama.
  3. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    Jan 15, 2015
    100
    Marches to the beat of its own drum… Lands with a bang… There just aren’t enough musical clichés to describe Whiplash. A masterclass in technique, power and rhythm, it stings and sings like nothing else.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jan 22, 2014
    90
    Chazelle proves an exceptional builder of scenes, crafting loaded, need-to-succeed moments that grab our attention and hold it tight.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Oct 9, 2014
    88
    Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for Whiplash. It's electrifying.
  6. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Oct 9, 2014
    80
    It also happens to feature a pair of performances that eclipse all else around them.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 10, 2014
    50
    I don’t get the enthusiasm for this movie, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, which is such a cooked-up piece of claptrap that I half expected Darth Vader to pick up the baton. We’re supposed to think that Terence’s tough love is more “honest” than the usual pussyfooting tutelage, but in any sane society this guy would have been brought up on charges long ago.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 12 out of 150
  1. Oct 10, 2014
    10
    A tense and emotional film with fantastic performances from Teller and Simmons; they are one of music's best chemistry in movie history. TheA tense and emotional film with fantastic performances from Teller and Simmons; they are one of music's best chemistry in movie history. The script keeps pace with endless and exhilarating tension. Damien Chazelle instantly has my respect, being this his only second work. It is well driven behind pitch-point direction. Expand
  2. May 8, 2015
    10
    Fantastic. JK Simmons makes the f-word look like a clean word. Miles Teller did very well in his drumming and his pushing away family andFantastic. JK Simmons makes the f-word look like a clean word. Miles Teller did very well in his drumming and his pushing away family and girlfriend for the teacher. Great character study. Music students should watch this movie as well as anyone who wants to achieve greatness. Expand
  3. Aug 22, 2015
    10
    Like movies? Watch Whiplash. Like the drums?Watch Whiplash. Like Jazz music? Watch Whiplash. This film is great. J.K Simmons and Miles TellerLike movies? Watch Whiplash. Like the drums?Watch Whiplash. Like Jazz music? Watch Whiplash. This film is great. J.K Simmons and Miles Teller are both fantastic. The film is directed so well by Damien Chazelle. I don't want to speak too soon, but he might be the next Spielberg. Then again, that has been said before (M. Night Shyamalan). Expand
  4. Feb 10, 2015
    9
    It's tense, it's emotional and it never lets go. We follow the journey of a passionate individual in search of greatness. See him rise andIt's tense, it's emotional and it never lets go. We follow the journey of a passionate individual in search of greatness. See him rise and fall, rise and fall again and again until it is clear... greatness isn't Expand
  5. Jul 29, 2015
    9
    Whiplash 2014 is a great movie that shows the story of how just the right push was needed to reach greatness. This film is an emotionalWhiplash 2014 is a great movie that shows the story of how just the right push was needed to reach greatness. This film is an emotional roller-coaster performed by an amazing cast. I've read many reviews on this film and agree with a lot of the good and bad reviews for their well made points on what took place in the film; but in all reality everyone needs that push to go above and beyond.

    I loved this movie for it's great story line and script, I loved it for it's coverage on the points of "Just how far are you willing to go for what you want to achieve?"; this story takes it to the edge. The actors performances in Whiplash were beautifully performed, you could really relate and follow the characters well. All and all this movie is perfect and I cannot wait to have it in our personal collection of movies.
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  6. Feb 16, 2015
    8
    Exhilarating and dramatic, Whiplash is an expertly crafted film detailing the incessant drive for perfection and greatness while allowing theExhilarating and dramatic, Whiplash is an expertly crafted film detailing the incessant drive for perfection and greatness while allowing the viewer to answer the questions raised themselves on perfectionism and how far one should be pushed to reach their full potential. Anxiousness is shared with the students of Fletcher as he berates them, the intensity of J.K Simmons practically leaps out of the screen at you. Ultimately the films two leads carry the films emotional weight with incredible conviction through literal blood, sweat and tears. And, needless to say, the soundtrack is superb, anything less wouldn't cut it. Expand
  7. Mar 31, 2015
    0
    What a VILE movie.....sitting through it was a kind of emotional abuse experience.....we're talking ham-fisted, cinematic Hissy Fit here !….What a VILE movie.....sitting through it was a kind of emotional abuse experience.....we're talking ham-fisted, cinematic Hissy Fit here !…. so glad to see that some comments here are by people who also hated the film.....I walked out after about 45 minutes- enough is enough !..........."Whiplash" reminds me of “Black Swan” of a few years ago- another bizarre and nasty, mean-spirited exercise that was likewise delivered with sledge-hammer blows........the sort of thing that makes you wonder what the director's childhood must have been like !......so sad to see so many film critics and User Review critics still buying into this sort of ADOLESCENT **** crap that went out with John Wayne all those years ago ..... and then giving Simmons an Oscar for his one-note, over-the-top performance !!......all in all a film by an adolescent FOR adolescents...more infantilization of pop culture. Expand

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