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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: 42 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 14, 2014
    Whiplash is, at its core, about jazz -- that smoothest, mellowest of American art forms. But don't let that fool you. Writer-director Damien Chazelle's impressive sophomore effort is about as rock 'n' roll as a movie about jazz can possibly be.
  2. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Oct 8, 2014
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Oct 10, 2014
    Whiplash is cinematic adrenalin. In an era when so many films feel more refined by focus groups or marketing managers, it is a deeply personal and vibrantly alive drama.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Sep 16, 2014
    The thrill of watching Fletcher and Neyman's fray unfold is intensified by Damien Chazelle's attention to the craft and challenge of musicianship.
  5. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 30, 2014
    The film’s true subject, though, is innate talent — for music, writing, painting, sculpture, plumbing — and the superhuman lengths we sometimes have to go to in order to wring it out of ourselves.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Oct 8, 2014
    The film’s aversion toward clichés and hitting expected beats lends it a rare, welcome edge of danger.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 10, 2014
    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. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    There is no better movie in 2014 Than whiplash. That pretty much says it all. It's refreshing to see a movie that focuses on a subject like jazz drumming which doesn't get a whole lot of attention and other artistic ventures. Teller it is clearly a star on the rise. And JK Simmons is going to be justly rewarded for a masterful performance. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2014
    A story about a man's drive to be the best even when faced with an extraordinary obstacle. In this case the obstacle is J.K. Simmons who wants to create the next great one. Simmons deserves to be Oscar nominated and Whiplash should be nominated in the best picture catergory. A+ Expand
  3. Oct 10, 2014
    A 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
  4. Oct 28, 2014
    With a fabulous jazz score, incredible direction from Chazelle, and precision editing from Tom Cross (editing that the film lives and dies with, and oh how it lives), Whiplash is like nothing I have seen before. The title might refer to one of the songs from the film, but as the closing credits roll, it isn't surprising I grabbed the back of my neck and wondered what hit me. Expand
  5. Nov 18, 2014
    I’m have mixed feelings on this film. The acting is great with J.K. Simmons delivering as always, there is a great motivation story in here, the main character is relatable for a good chunk of the movie, and the film looks and sounds great. All of this makes it so frustrating when the film gets to the third act. The protagonist becomes unrelatable and unlikeable when you see how overly driven he is to succeed and when the film ended I wanted to distance myself from being like him as much as possible. The film also sends a mixed message telling viewers to work hard and succeed but also shows that downsides of overly driving yourself. The third act takes what could’ve been a wonderful film and just makes it pretty good. This is so heartbreaking for me as I was loving this movie for a while and then the third act came and it just made me want to punch the lead in the face. Now as I am writing this I have yet to see the reviews so I do not know if other critics feel the same way about the film but it wouldn’t surprised me if it got tons of acclaim and no one addressed it. In regards to whether or not I’d recommend the film I’d say see it for the first two-thirds but brace yourself after that because you might not like what you see. Expand
  6. Nov 4, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is not a film about Jazz. It is about a sadist who realizes he can prey on relatively innocent students successfully. It is difficult to watch bullying at this level. Expand
  7. Nov 9, 2014
    About 15 minutes in, the sadistic, autocratic jazz (?!) instructor played by J.K. Simmons screams, berates and belittles a trombone player for being out of tune, kicks him out of the class, then confesses that the student wasn't really out of tune. That's when I walked out. My time is too precious for unrealistic crap like this. My first thought was how could such an individual get into a position of authority without students, parents, and co-workers all filing harassment complaints against him! It's just not believable. And then there's the fact that he's teaching jazz -- one of the most un-strict musical genres out there -- the whole point of jazz is spontaneity, improvisation, a willingness to BE imperfect -- I could believe an authoritarian conductor in classical music, but not in jazz. Expand

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