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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 21, 2014
    Although a couple of narrative twists late on threaten to drum us into melodrama, Chazelle never misses a beat and the film builds to a cathartic crescendo.
  2. Reviewed by: Emma Myers
    Jan 22, 2014
    Revealing both the dangers and payoffs of artistic ambition, Whiplash is sure to establish Chazelle as a directorial force to be reckoned with.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jan 22, 2014
    Chazelle proves an exceptional builder of scenes, crafting loaded, need-to-succeed moments that grab our attention and hold it tight.
  4. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Jan 22, 2014
    The quest to be the best is a familiar film story, but if director-writer Chazelle has achieved anything here, it’s a deeply and richly different take on that journey—not only examining the cost of struggle but the reward of it, showing both what it takes to be great and what happens when you don’t have it.
  5. Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
    Jan 22, 2014
    Chazelle's film has a sharp and gripping rhythm, with shots, beautifully edited by Tom Cross (Crazy Heart, Wrong Turn), often cutting to the crash of Andrew's drums.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 22, 2014
    Whiplash scrapes the far edge of crazy passion. It never apologizes.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jan 22, 2014
    The antithesis of “let’s-put-on-a-show” fluff, about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment.

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