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Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: A young musician (Miles Teller) struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Emma Myers
    Jan 22, 2014
    91
    Revealing both the dangers and payoffs of artistic ambition, Whiplash is sure to establish Chazelle as a directorial force to be reckoned with.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric D. Snider
    Jan 20, 2014
    85
    [An] unusually unromantic approach to music education is one of many noteworthy things about Whiplash, a funny, exhilarating drama — bordering on psychological thriller.
  4. Reviewed by: Amber Wilkinson
    Jan 22, 2014
    80
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Henry Barnes
    Jan 22, 2014
    80
    It's rare to see a film about music that professes its love for the music and its characters equally.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jan 22, 2014
    80
    The antithesis of “let’s-put-on-a-show” fluff, Whiplash...is about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Jan 22, 2014
    80
    Whiplash scrapes the far edge of crazy passion. It never apologizes.

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