Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: October 10, 2014
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FranzHcriticOct 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,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
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alangeeNov 16, 2014
Simmons and Teller are incredible. Barely 15 minutes into the movie I was hating Simmons character. He was a real SOB to the extreme.Why any student would put up with such an abusive teacher is why many an athlete put up with a tyrannicalSimmons and Teller are incredible. Barely 15 minutes into the movie I was hating Simmons character. He was a real SOB to the extreme.Why any student would put up with such an abusive teacher is why many an athlete put up with a tyrannical coach. It's a way to make it into the big leagues or so they are led to believe. This was the most intense movie I've seen in a long time. I was drained when I left the theatre. Expand
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oDjentoJan 23, 2015
This film was phenomenal! If J.K. simmons does not win a best support actors oscar for his role in this film it will be an outrage! Acting is perfect! The story is compelling all the way through and the brilliant direction along with theThis film was phenomenal! If J.K. simmons does not win a best support actors oscar for his role in this film it will be an outrage! Acting is perfect! The story is compelling all the way through and the brilliant direction along with the clever dialogue and occasionally humorous moments the film stayed fresh all the way through. The scenes get intense in this film as you watch a young man struggling to become the best jazz drummer in the world. It's an ambition that we can all relate to: to strive to be best at something. This is what makes this story so encapsulating, you want him to become the best! Loved the film in everyway! A must watch! Emotional, frantic, and memorable! Expand
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grandpajoe6191Aug 14, 2015
Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash" is a harrowing film that explores the complicated relationship between Andrew, a young jazz drummer who aspires to become the best, and Fletcher, a famed conductor who relentlessly pushes his students to theirDamien Chazelle's "Whiplash" is a harrowing film that explores the complicated relationship between Andrew, a young jazz drummer who aspires to become the best, and Fletcher, a famed conductor who relentlessly pushes his students to their limits in search for his ideal musician. Actors Teller and Simmons, who played the roles of Andrew and Fletcher respectively, have shown quality performances as their strong jazz chemistry really left an impression; Simmons's oscar-winning performance as Fletcher is straight out deserved, as he performs his role with utter power and absolute dominance. The plot is packed with tension and drama as the pace consistently gains momentum until it all explodes with a refreshing bang at the movie's satisfying grand final act. With excellent visuals, superb directing, an engaging story supplied by masterful actors, "Whiplash" definitely has its place in my top 5 movies of 2014. Expand
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jotaesecheFeb 25, 2015
The tension has been kept for more than 100 minutes, the cast was exceptional (especially the two main characters) and the story and scenes are so fantastically connected that you are left wanting for much more in the end. Few ever films canThe tension has been kept for more than 100 minutes, the cast was exceptional (especially the two main characters) and the story and scenes are so fantastically connected that you are left wanting for much more in the end. Few ever films can have that schizophrenic development without being called exaggerated. In other words, Whiplash is superb. Expand
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boubadiopFeb 19, 2015
Great film, guy with the saggy face plays a great crazy music teacher and the battle between teacher and pupil is truly engaging. Well worth a watch!!
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Mike_MOct 31, 2014
Very well shot, edited, acted and designed; with a fresh take on old ideas. The movie may have a very specific focus and be nothing earth-shattering on the intellectual side, but it's worth several Oscar nominations. The music is fantastic.Very well shot, edited, acted and designed; with a fresh take on old ideas. The movie may have a very specific focus and be nothing earth-shattering on the intellectual side, but it's worth several Oscar nominations. The music is fantastic. See it on the big screen.

As for the controversy around the abusive teacher, I would say that it's not necessary to feel that the teacher is justified or unjustified, good or evil, effective or hindering, in order to enjoy the movie and find interesting food for thought in it. If a semi-vicious teacher who, in the real world, would overstep the bounds of ethics and even effective technique, is a flaw in the movie, then it's not a damning one.
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imthenoobDec 4, 2015
While it is a masterpiece of a film and definitely my pick for the best film of 2014. It really comes down to the power house performance of J.K. Simmons. He owned the role with a passion and it showed through out. He's the reason it was suchWhile it is a masterpiece of a film and definitely my pick for the best film of 2014. It really comes down to the power house performance of J.K. Simmons. He owned the role with a passion and it showed through out. He's the reason it was such a pleasure to watch. And props to Miles Teller too, He did a fine job opposite of Simmons. Expand
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thecowofbeefApr 19, 2016
'Whiplash' is the first movie I've seen that has made me seriously think about reconsidering Spike Jonze's 'Her' as the movie I believe to be closest to cinematic perfection. Brutal, uncompromising, exhausting, intense and utterly incredible,'Whiplash' is the first movie I've seen that has made me seriously think about reconsidering Spike Jonze's 'Her' as the movie I believe to be closest to cinematic perfection. Brutal, uncompromising, exhausting, intense and utterly incredible, 'Whiplash' grabs you by the throat and plunges you face first into the class of Terence Fletcher, an extreme jazz conductor. As much as I want to gush about every aspect of this film, the best way to watch it is to just know that it's good. Oh, and also that Miles Teller is in it, and he's actually not terrible, so go him for once. Expand
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Eon2323Jan 20, 2015
Absolutely breathtaking. There was something about this film that really resonated with me even as the end credits rolled. Hard-hitting and intense, Miles Teller and JK Simmons give some of their best performances in their respective rolesAbsolutely breathtaking. There was something about this film that really resonated with me even as the end credits rolled. Hard-hitting and intense, Miles Teller and JK Simmons give some of their best performances in their respective roles and even as I write, I can't find anything wrong with this movie. I always say a good movie makes you feel something with or without having taught you something. This film accomplished both. Expand
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InterestGuyMar 7, 2015
I can't explain how good I find this movie. Incredible story, incredible music, incredible everything. I was captivated with this movie in a way I can't even explain with words. Outstanding. I give a 10/10 a movie that deserves a lot more.
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sanyrubJan 26, 2015
Absolutely terrific film. One of 2014 best if not the best. Flaw free. Intense, raw, realistic, empowering, perfectly paced and with two of the best performances of the year. Miles Teller is a total revelation to me in this and shows how suchAbsolutely terrific film. One of 2014 best if not the best. Flaw free. Intense, raw, realistic, empowering, perfectly paced and with two of the best performances of the year. Miles Teller is a total revelation to me in this and shows how such a young actor can be an outstanding one already. Amazing performance. A crime that he has not been nominated for best actor at the Oscars. Co-lead actor J. K. Simmons is equally great and will win his Oscar for supporting role no doubt. And the film does this with just two main characters, music and a great screenplay. No more is needed when we are talking about real art. It will be impossible because of politics, but if this film gets the Oscar for best picture it will be the biggest deserved surprise in Oscar history. A must see! Expand
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AxgrinderFeb 16, 2015
Whiplash is definitely on my short list for best movies of 2014. A good story, excellent casting, and fine direction are the reasons why. Better known for his TV roles, J.K. Simmons makes the most of his opportunity.

Andrew (Miles Teller)
Whiplash is definitely on my short list for best movies of 2014. A good story, excellent casting, and fine direction are the reasons why. Better known for his TV roles, J.K. Simmons makes the most of his opportunity.

Andrew (Miles Teller) is a freshman jazz drummer at a top music school. Terence Fletcher (JK Simmions) teaches the school’s best students, mostly upper classmen, but he is also the teacher everyone fears. Fletcher’s motto is that good musicians don’t become great musicians unless they are pushed hard to do so, but the techniques used by Fletcher to motivate his students fall somewhere between extreme and brutal.

Andrew comes from a nice middle class family in the burbs. Family dinner conversations have a competitive air in which the small college athletic successes of his siblings dominate. Andrew is driven to succeed as a jazz drummer, but he is also young and impressionable. He notices that in addition to being a tough teacher, Fletcher appears to also have a caring and a compassionate side to him. Andrew buys into Fletcher’s belief system and commits to doing whatever it takes to be the best, including making a decision to terminate a budding relationship with his new girlfriend.

The question of whether Fletcher is a good guy or a bad guy will have you on the edge of your seat until the movie’s dramatic conclusion. You don’t need to like jazz music to like this film. The terrific music is just a bonus. Director Damien Chazelle’s pacing is right on target and a couple of minor plot faults near the end of the movie aren’t enough throw this fine film off tempo.
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NerdConsultantJan 27, 2015
Whiplash is very enjoyable with a very interesting story. while the characters are not incredibly likeable they don't have to be and that's where the enjoyment comes from. at times it feels like an 80's sports movie like karate kid or rockyWhiplash is very enjoyable with a very interesting story. while the characters are not incredibly likeable they don't have to be and that's where the enjoyment comes from. at times it feels like an 80's sports movie like karate kid or rocky only centring around music instead and trying to tell a more real world story. my only complaint is that i felt i would have enjoyed it more if I didn't know it was up for best picture as i felt like i was unable to just sit back and take it in and it felt like i needed to overanalyse it and probably missed some of the best parts of the film but i would still really recommend it Expand
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Le__XenomorphFeb 23, 2015
Whiplash is one of the most stressful and uncomfortable movies of all time. Many times I cringed out of anticipation of what will happen. J.K. Simmons gives a commanding performance as well as Miles Teller. Whiplash is an entertaining andWhiplash is one of the most stressful and uncomfortable movies of all time. Many times I cringed out of anticipation of what will happen. J.K. Simmons gives a commanding performance as well as Miles Teller. Whiplash is an entertaining and fantastic film that defines the music genre. 10/10 (Masterpiece) Expand
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MicrometricsJan 29, 2015
A clinical rebooting outlook over the bestial and swallower ambiance at an highly prestigious music school class under compulsion of J. K. Simmons character far away from being a ''bed of roses'' as we may think at first analysis. BeautifullyA clinical rebooting outlook over the bestial and swallower ambiance at an highly prestigious music school class under compulsion of J. K. Simmons character far away from being a ''bed of roses'' as we may think at first analysis. Beautifully shot from singular angles the action drives us tense and has us wondering circumspect holding us on our seat and leaves a trail of underlying critics. Expand
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lyonsd78Feb 22, 2015
There is amazing energy and tension in this production. JK Simmons and Miles Teller are bother flawless in their portrayals, though - for me - the score outshines everything in this film. It's up there with Theory of Everything as my movie ofThere is amazing energy and tension in this production. JK Simmons and Miles Teller are bother flawless in their portrayals, though - for me - the score outshines everything in this film. It's up there with Theory of Everything as my movie of the year. From scene one to the last scene, you will not blink... Expand
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polarbearzsFeb 23, 2015
Wow just wow .
That's how I left the theatre . Overwhelmed by the amazing performances from JK Simmons and Milles Teller.
I was sucked into the story right from the beginning . The story is fantastic . The editing of this movie is just
Wow just wow .
That's how I left the theatre . Overwhelmed by the amazing performances from JK Simmons and Milles Teller.
I was sucked into the story right from the beginning . The story is fantastic .
The editing of this movie is just superb . It's easily the best movie of the last decenium.
The story is simple but is worked out perfectly . Each detail is right. Sound is in one word just amazing...
If you are still reading this review stop right now and go watch it right now you will be overwhelmed at the end of this amazing movie.
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MattBrady99Mar 10, 2015
Terence Fletcher: "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job".

Whiplash follows are main character Andrew Neyman who is a young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east
Terence Fletcher: "There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job".

Whiplash follows are main character Andrew Neyman who is a young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life.

Okay let me just start off with this. You had no idea how much I was really looking forward to Whiplash. This was on my movies to check out list, because I heard nothing but positive things from this movie and I heard a lot of people described this film has the Full Metal Jacket but with no war or guns, but with music and well... drums. I think Whiplash and Birdman was the two movies I wanted to see before making my best movies of the year list, because who knows they might make the list. I haven't seen Birdman yet but will do soon, but I finally had the chance to see Whiplash and my god this movie was just so spectacularly flawless in many ways. Whiplash is the best move of 2014.

J.K. Simmons in this movie probably pulls of the best performance in he's career. Every word that came out of his mouth didn't feel like he was reading from the script then act it out, no, I felt every angry punch of words that came out of him, because it was real and not fake. I didn't see J.K. Simmons just playing a movie character in this movie, no he was the freaking Fletcher.

Now let's talk about Terence Fletcher: The best way to describe Fletcher to those who haven't seen the film yet, well his like Gny. Sgt. Hartman from Full Metal Jacket. He has the best lines, when his on screen your locked on and his also like the kind of person that would be somebody's worse nightmare to have for a boss. This guy doesn't just like music, he breaths music and he wants his band to do perfect. His opinion and his look on music is another thing why I didn't flat out just hated him, I actually understood him. He made a very good point about how people will comment on you act and say "You did a good job", and yes I did use the words "you did a great job", n my past reviews but now I'm never going to use it ever again after this movie.

Miles Teller was another stand out performances in this movie, and just like Foxcatacher where Channing Tatum was so over looked by his performance, Miles Teller has proved himself to be more then a teen in a movie that will be forgotten and so would he, but no Miles Teller played this character so brilliantly he could become the next big thing. Now his character in this movie has the love of the true art of music and you can see that he will wants to tell people his love for music, but when the harsh life of reality comes crashing into him it's truly heartbreaking to see his struggle and effort just not being good enough, and Teller played this character so realistic and so brilliantly flawless.

The directing and the writing in this was just....perfect. Damien Chazelle directed this movie and written it and man did he do it with style and passion to tell a story about two strong music buffs battling out and he freaking nailed it.

This movie also had probably the best finale that I've seen in years. My nails were digging into the seat. I didn't dare to look away not for one moment, not for one second. I was simply locked on and when it was over... I'm kidding you I actually clapped towards the end of this movie. Now the biggest cliche that I always hear from critics when their talk about a different movies and their use words like "You will clap at the end", but you don't, or "You will feel inspired after the film", and I you don't. But Whiplash actually did make me feel inspirited towards the end and made me clap. It's message of not giving up and the dream that you been chancing for isn't just going to come to you. Movies like Pride, freedom Writers and all that such never ever give me that inspiring feeling inside of me, until I watched this movie.

For problems: The movie had it slow parts and that's it really.

Whiplash is a movie that everybody should see. This isn't just a popcorn movie where you come and put you legs up and laugh a couple of times, no this movie reaches out to people out there that have the same problems that these character's have, with their passion of what their what to do in life get's over shadowed by something you don't want to do and this movie get's it right. So go and see if you have the chance.
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BoogeeFilmGuyAug 22, 2015
Like 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,Like 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
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Aaron_WassermanJun 1, 2016
Masterpiece. Just a complete masterpiece. Being a drummer, made me totally understand this movie (you will love it even if you are not a musician.) I can not even give a review that properly explains the magic of this movie. You must see forMasterpiece. Just a complete masterpiece. Being a drummer, made me totally understand this movie (you will love it even if you are not a musician.) I can not even give a review that properly explains the magic of this movie. You must see for yourself. Expand
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The3AcademySinsFeb 3, 2018
Whiplash is a rare, true, tour-de-force of a film from director Damian Chazelle. The script is tense and an emotional rollercoaster that perfectly blends elements of drama and thriller. Miles Teller and J.K Simmons put on career-definingWhiplash is a rare, true, tour-de-force of a film from director Damian Chazelle. The script is tense and an emotional rollercoaster that perfectly blends elements of drama and thriller. Miles Teller and J.K Simmons put on career-defining performances, the music is incredible, and the shots and color-motiffs are so detailed and enamouring that you will want to watch Whiplash again and again. This is not a film to be missed. Expand
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dragionnatsu66Mar 9, 2018
One of the greatest films about Ambition, Music, The longing for greatness and Approval and most Importantly Character Driven storytelling. This, along with films like The Social Network, The dark Knight , are changing modern cinema as weOne of the greatest films about Ambition, Music, The longing for greatness and Approval and most Importantly Character Driven storytelling. This, along with films like The Social Network, The dark Knight , are changing modern cinema as we know it (if they haven't already). Like the seventies film-makers like Kubrick, Scorsese and Coppola influenced a whole new generation with the possibilities of cinema , The above mentioned films have influenced me and hopefully my generation of moviegoers and I hope will continue to do so. The thing about Whiplash for me is that It feels pure. It has razor sharp focus on it's characters and in what type of film it wants to be. Most films these days always feel bogged down by baggage that diminish the experience whether it be Political and sentimental in nature . Not because they're in the film but they feel extremely heavy handed and half baked. This is the sort of film that really gets to me. Films that feel personal and close to the heart and don't preach to you , cater to you or talk down to you.One of my all time favorites.
I have nothing to say about J.K Simmons enigmatic performance, The brilliant Script, Miles Tellers resonant lead because it's already been said , they're all Awesome. In the end this is a film That me and many other people have connected to , even though we don't have jazz in our lives , Even though we didn't have a foul-mouthed teacher pushing us, or even though we may have modest expectations of our lives. that should tell you all you need to know about the film really 10/10
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BrunoVn00Mar 31, 2019
One of the best movies of the decade. This is just a masterpiece and an example of great directing, wonderful performances, great script and nice sound design. This movie is not just about the struggle of music student Andrew Neiman (MilesOne of the best movies of the decade. This is just a masterpiece and an example of great directing, wonderful performances, great script and nice sound design. This movie is not just about the struggle of music student Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) trying to impress the abusive and intimidating instructor Terence Fletcher (JK Simmons), it's actually a lot more than that and it actually has some great social commentary about topics like education and life goals.

The Good:
-The directing and cinematography are just brilliant.
-The acting is amazing, both leads (Teller and Simmons) do a fantastic job.
-The script.
-The story is entertaining, intense, exciting and emotional.

The Bad:
-Nothing really bad worth complaining. Sure there are some plot holes left unexplained but those that really ruin the movie? I don't think so.
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BHBarryOct 10, 2014
"Whiplash" stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in this story of a would be jazz drummer and his over zealous teacher/conductor in an elite and upscale music conservatory. Written and directed by Damien Chazille, this is a film that will"Whiplash" stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller in this story of a would be jazz drummer and his over zealous teacher/conductor in an elite and upscale music conservatory. Written and directed by Damien Chazille, this is a film that will appeal to lovers of jazz as it represents some of the best musical renditions ever seen on the movie screen. It is also a film that raises the question as to how far a teacher should go to "bring out the best" in his or her student. Messrs. Simmons and Teller are superb in the roles they play as they participate in some of the most intense student/teacher scenes one will ever see. Adding to their credibilty, we find out that in real life Mr. Teller studied drums from age 15 and Mr. Simmons holds degrees in voice, conducting and music from the University of Montana. As a result it’s easy to understand the believability of their respective performances. Having myself played in studio bands under the stewardship of a number of quality professors, the film had a special meaning for me. But, alas, this is what may make this really good film a commercial mishap since it is not for everyone and, by its very subject matter, may exclude a significant part of the viewing public. I give the film a 9.0 because, seen out of context and apart from other films, it stands out as a true work of art. The caveat here, though, is that if intense musicology, training and signficant jazz performances are not the viewer’s "thing", then this film will not be appreciated by him or her to the same extent as it was by me. Expand
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duncan1964Jan 23, 2015
A film about an aspiring drummer at an elite New York music school doesn't sound like the most exciting cinematic prospect, but Whiplash is a film that defies expectations. The battle of wills between Miles Teller's student and JK Simmon'sA film about an aspiring drummer at an elite New York music school doesn't sound like the most exciting cinematic prospect, but Whiplash is a film that defies expectations. The battle of wills between Miles Teller's student and JK Simmon's brutal teacher makes for essential viewing with both actors giving career best performances. It's Raging Bull meets Full Metal Jacket for jazz fans. With a pared down running time without a wasted minute, this is one film that could have been longer. It's a dazzling display of filmmaking from a director who will hopefully go on to even greater things Expand
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IndiefilmloverDec 2, 2014
A near pitch perfect film with fine performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. The filmmakers take a story that could have easily been cliche-ridden or just plain boring and found a way to keep the audience engaged all of the way to the end.
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joeyriosJan 2, 2015
I will show you that from one movie you can get a wave of words: Awesome! Brutal! Intense! Awe-Inspiring! Raw! Exhilarating! Electric! Vivid! Brilliant! Revolutionary! Exceptional! Majestic! Fast! Classic! Spectacular! Inspirational!I will show you that from one movie you can get a wave of words: Awesome! Brutal! Intense! Awe-Inspiring! Raw! Exhilarating! Electric! Vivid! Brilliant! Revolutionary! Exceptional! Majestic! Fast! Classic! Spectacular! Inspirational! Emotional! Dramatic! Heart-Stopping! Historic! PERFECTION!

'Whiplash' is one of the most music-emblematic and best-made films of this decade. And one of the finest motion pictures in the American cinema. This was a joy and an experience to watch!
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MovieGuysDec 28, 2014
It might be over-the-top, but Whiplash is an amazing, electrifying, movie experience. As a committed musician myself, I can tell you that real conservatories do not run like the cutthroat one in the movie; however, the performances, theIt might be over-the-top, but Whiplash is an amazing, electrifying, movie experience. As a committed musician myself, I can tell you that real conservatories do not run like the cutthroat one in the movie; however, the performances, the cinematography, and the allegory-like screenplay make it intense and almost pitch-perfect. It is just my tempo. Expand
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epocDec 14, 2014
Wow. That was so intense, yet so simplistic. Whiplash follows the story of a drum player played by Miles Teller. He's extremely relatable as he wants this as his career, and is working so hard to get there; a situation we've all been in. WeWow. That was so intense, yet so simplistic. Whiplash follows the story of a drum player played by Miles Teller. He's extremely relatable as he wants this as his career, and is working so hard to get there; a situation we've all been in. We also see that he is not handling the pressure that well. He's in debt, he's barely paying the rent and is verging insanity. From this we want him to succeed, as we see that he is a good guy, but his incredibly bad luck is just bringing him down; again another situation we've all been in. The humanisation of this character is so engaging that even if there was no plot or dialogue at all in the movie, it would still keep audiences in their seats. But that's not the case. The plot presented before us may be simple, but it's execution is stellar in every possible respect - from acting to cinematography to music; it simply is a masterpiece. The story comes into play when our main character is at the end of his rope and is a mer millimetre away from giving up. However, he gains hope again when he has the opportunity to study in a class taught by this legendary music teacher played by J.J Simons. He gets in, but gets way more than he bargains for. Simons teaching methods are extremely cruel and some what sadistic, using physical, verbal and psychological torture to motivate his students. In addition to this, Simons's performance is absolutely and utterly impeccable. At every given moment some sort of malice is shown by him, making you actually fear what he might put Teller through next. It's easily the best performance of the year and Simons definitely needs to win an oscar. The film also makes you continuously have conflicting opinions on this character. For example, Simons will often say utterly evil yet hilarious things, that makes you question your own morality by finding it funny. But the best thing about this character is how real he really is. We've all had some sort of intelligent, charismatic yet malevolent boss or teacher that we've hated with every morsel of our beings. However, the greatest part of this film is at the end. After around a month of all of this, Simons deems Teller ready to preform, but also warns him that if he messes this up, he will suffer beyond anything he's ever felt. Mix that with excellent camera work and thematic music, and you have one of the most tension filled scenes in the whole of film history. It takes you through the scene at such a methodical, slow pace that just builds an extreme level of suspense. Without a doubt Whiplash is one of the best, if not the best film of 2014. Expand
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ahasaJan 10, 2015
I salute you Damien Chazelle! What he has created is more than a movie, but a electrifying revelation which renders you from the core. A film about passion, dedication, jazz and a intense viewing experience(greatly due to the magnificentI salute you Damien Chazelle! What he has created is more than a movie, but a electrifying revelation which renders you from the core. A film about passion, dedication, jazz and a intense viewing experience(greatly due to the magnificent direction) . The performances, I am in aw of. J.K Simmons gives a performance of a life time with Miles teller reaching his own peak. Whiplash will leave you wanting more!! Expand
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foxgroveOct 17, 2014
Whiplash is a real crowd pleaser which had the audience I saw it with clapping at the end. It moves at a cracking pace, has some very smart dialogue and boasts a couple of very strong performances from Miles Teller and J K Simmons. However,Whiplash is a real crowd pleaser which had the audience I saw it with clapping at the end. It moves at a cracking pace, has some very smart dialogue and boasts a couple of very strong performances from Miles Teller and J K Simmons. However, it is almost a film of two halves. The set up, and then the revenge. The first half of the film, whilst good, feels somewhat contrived.

Drum playing jazz fanatic Andrew (Teller) goes all out to impress respected but feared teacher Fletcher (Simmons) in the hope of joining the school band he leads. This he sees as his possible route to becoming one of the jazz greats. However, he hasn't bargained on the outrageous teaching methods employed by Fletcher which includes humiliating and even attacking his students. Their fragile interaction puts them on a collision course.

Both performances are undoubtedly excellent, but Teller really has the more difficult role and stands tall against Simmons more obvious grandstanding. As the cruel and foul mouthed Fletcher, Simmons shouts, swears and screams a lot, much in the vein of an army drill instructor, but these outbursts sometimes have the effect of appearing phony and calculated, merely there to elicit laughs or rouse an audience. Like wise, Teller's acquisition, and subsequent ditching of a girl friend, and scenes of him pushing himself on the drums to the point that his hands become blistered and bloodied, strike false notes. Again,they feel like plot contrivances which, although demonstrating sacrifices made on route to success, actually feel included just to provide fuel for the film's better second half.
The final half hour is very satisfyingly concluded as the two actors dual it out to thrilling and nail biting effect. The film also benefits from a great jazz score which permeates throughout and the film is briskly and imaginatively edited.
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LamontRaymondOct 12, 2014
Easily the best movie of 2014 so far. It has all the hallmarks of a singular vision that was not messed with by a studio. 19 shooting days produced a marvelous film with two amazing lead actors. I can't remember a movie since The HurtEasily the best movie of 2014 so far. It has all the hallmarks of a singular vision that was not messed with by a studio. 19 shooting days produced a marvelous film with two amazing lead actors. I can't remember a movie since The Hurt Locker that produced anything close to this level of intensity. In a way, it also reminded me of Jiro Dreams of Sushi in the conductor/teacher/mentor's pursuit of perfection. These standards and pursuits are rare in society these days - and sure, the introduction of violence is arguably too much - but in a way, it's an admirable model. Expand
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dave89791Oct 10, 2014
Great flick

Super intense - my palms have almost never been as sweaty as they were during this

Amazing acting and music .
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LennyRuestOct 25, 2014
JK Simmons & Miles Teller deliver fantastic, intense performances. I was blown away by this film. If this movie doesn't garner some big awards, it will be a huge injustice to the film and the actors. AAA+++ Just An Incredible Movie, A MustJK Simmons & Miles Teller deliver fantastic, intense performances. I was blown away by this film. If this movie doesn't garner some big awards, it will be a huge injustice to the film and the actors. AAA+++ Just An Incredible Movie, A Must See!!! The drumming is spectacular!! Expand
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amboyOct 27, 2014
This is one of the best American films ever. You don't have to be interested in big band jazz (although it helps) to be bowled over by it. It shows a teaching situation unmatched in its intensity and posing the question in one's mind (notThis is one of the best American films ever. You don't have to be interested in big band jazz (although it helps) to be bowled over by it. It shows a teaching situation unmatched in its intensity and posing the question in one's mind (not in the dialogue) of how far a teacher can go to inspire a student. Brilliant script, performances, direction, editing. A grand slam! Expand
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GreatMartinNov 4, 2014
“Whiplash” is a winner in every aspect. You know when you want to go up to the screen and punch the bully or wrap the bloody fingers of the one being bullied that some strong acting is going on in the film.

The film starts with a drum solo
“Whiplash” is a winner in every aspect. You know when you want to go up to the screen and punch the bully or wrap the bloody fingers of the one being bullied that some strong acting is going on in the film.

The film starts with a drum solo and ends with one while in between you will be mesmerized by J. K. Simmons as musical conductor/teacher Terence Fletcher and a student of his, played by Miles Teller, Andrew Neyman. (By the way if a conductor has the arms that Fletcher has from conducting I am signing up immediately.)

Fletcher wants the best from his students in the hope of finding another Charlie Parker and Andrew wants to be a great, if not better, drummer than Buddy Rich and both will do whatever it takes. Fletcher abuses his students verbally and physically calling them names, throwing things at them, screaming in their faces. He is every Marine Drill Instructor who will grind his charges into the ground to get what he wants.

There are at least a minimum of 2 scenes that you will forget to breath and at least 1 scene where you will gasp out loud. There is no doubt both men will deserve nominations for all and any awards and right now they deserve to win! I don’t know if Teller did his own drumming but if he did he deserves recognition for superb drumming.

The supporting players from Paul Reiser as Andrew’s father to Melissa Benoist who Andrew pursues, and then drops because she interferes with his drumming, along with the other students who play or compete with him are all topnotch .

The music from the title song by the late great Hank Levy plus standards like “Caravan” and new music by Justin Hurwitz are all presented as jazz should be. It took me back to the jazz clubs on 52nd street, and in the Village, along with the sets at Birdland that I use to go to in New York City.

The direction by Damien Chazelle is spot on and in his writing the screenplay he leaves out a few logical things but enhances the movie with a short 1 hour and 46 minutes.

“Whiplash” is a winner all the way.
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j1trainJan 4, 2015
An impressively acted and tense film about a warped kind of encouragement and what it means to be great. J.K. Simmons will rightly earn big noms for this role. Miles Teller proves again that he's a young one to watch.
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nicholasbertJan 15, 2015
How is it that 3 million dollars are converted into Whiplash, and yet it takes 220 to produce Avengers? This film is definitive proof that you don't need big names (although Miles Teller and JK Simmons kind of are) to get big performances -How is it that 3 million dollars are converted into Whiplash, and yet it takes 220 to produce Avengers? This film is definitive proof that you don't need big names (although Miles Teller and JK Simmons kind of are) to get big performances - and that it doesn't all come down to production design and CGI and expensive shots to make a good movie.

Accompanied by a humble, warmly-lit cinematography, Whiplash has all it takes to be one of the defining music films so far, thanks mainly to the cast and the script. The plot halts on issues of teacher-student relationships and the importance of commitment, but the open ending suggests that might not be enough still - in substance, there is no "perfection" ever, but you have to try.

It's the inspiring yet abusive JK Simmons, with his somewhat witty insults and tight black T-shirt who makes the cut. Falling from heaven, repentance and redemption are all there. Watch it.
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moviemitch96Nov 23, 2014
A very impressive spectacle of talent in all kinds of different forms is displayed in this expertly acted and intriguing film! Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons easily deliver intense, captivating, and certainly career-best performances, SimmonsA very impressive spectacle of talent in all kinds of different forms is displayed in this expertly acted and intriguing film! Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons easily deliver intense, captivating, and certainly career-best performances, Simmons without a doubt deserving a shot at the best supporting actor Oscar! Teller's drumming skills are also mind-blowing and the story goes in so many unexpected directions and pulls plenty of shocks and surprises throughout leading up to one hell of a grand finale! Overall, easily one of the year's best and most powerful films! Expand
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FilmVirtueJan 16, 2015
By far the most incredible and effective display of pure cinematic and musical entertainment ever to hit a theater that had the privilege of playing such an extraordinary work of art.
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aaronbartuskaJan 12, 2015
It is easy to label this as the best film of 2014. The whole film is riveting and Teller and Simmons give outstanding performances. Like just seriously I can't say anything more about it go see it.
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BrianMcCriticNov 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 beA 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
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FleshWorldOct 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 isThere 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
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tomizawaMar 7, 2015
When a movie thrills me, whether it's by inducing sadness, anger, excitement, curiosity or fear, I have to conclude it's a good movie because transcends the screen and can have an effect on the viewer. This was not the case with "Whiplash".When a movie thrills me, whether it's by inducing sadness, anger, excitement, curiosity or fear, I have to conclude it's a good movie because transcends the screen and can have an effect on the viewer. This was not the case with "Whiplash". It only made me feel pity, disgust and need to /facepalm. I admit, this movie might be considered edgy (because it shows a sensitive topic) and maybe a work of art, but it lacked essence and relatability. Characters seem like empty and underdeveloped canvases. This film relied too much on shock value. Expand
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WiscoJoeNov 24, 2014
This cliched after-school special of a movie plays like a cross between Black Swan and Mr. Holland's Opus and every other "struggling genius underdog" movie ever made. Fine performances from Teller and Simmons and incredibly tight editingThis cliched after-school special of a movie plays like a cross between Black Swan and Mr. Holland's Opus and every other "struggling genius underdog" movie ever made. Fine performances from Teller and Simmons and incredibly tight editing can't make up for the thread-bare story and the unlikable, unrealistic characters. If you're interested in jazz or in drumming, seek out a local music venue and treat yourself to something real. Expand
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JacobNov 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.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
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anshimanJan 15, 2015
Mortifyingly intense, intelligently scripted, brilliantly acted and beautifully shot, 'Whiplash' is an immaculate meditation on the virtue of perfection, and a sophisticated character study of a rising star; the person who wants to be 'one ofMortifyingly intense, intelligently scripted, brilliantly acted and beautifully shot, 'Whiplash' is an immaculate meditation on the virtue of perfection, and a sophisticated character study of a rising star; the person who wants to be 'one of the greats', and know it. Expand
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gdog243Jan 18, 2015
Whiplash is the movie I hope wins if Boyhood does not. What a great film this was, showing the passion, drive, and determination to be great and where the line is to achieve that greatness. Simmons is a lock for best supporting here as hisWhiplash is the movie I hope wins if Boyhood does not. What a great film this was, showing the passion, drive, and determination to be great and where the line is to achieve that greatness. Simmons is a lock for best supporting here as his role of the hardassed instructor and the ending of this film was a pulse pounding exhausting (in a good way) rush that I'm still feeling a few hours after seeing the film. Expand
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ScribeHardOct 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 oneWith 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
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TVJerryNov 15, 2014
Miles Teller plays a student jazz drummer whose ambition drives him to extremes, while he endures the abusive tactics of a teacher/band leader (J.K. Simmons). Much like director Damien Chazelle's extensive use of close-ups, this film focusesMiles Teller plays a student jazz drummer whose ambition drives him to extremes, while he endures the abusive tactics of a teacher/band leader (J.K. Simmons). Much like director Damien Chazelle's extensive use of close-ups, this film focuses intensely on the personal dramatic conflict. Fortunately, Teller and Simmons create potent characters. The pace never lags, but the grueling encounters (and Simmons' character) sometimes push beyond reality. Still, it's a compelling character study. Expand
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beingryanjudeJan 10, 2015
Whiplash is the epitome of blood, sweat & tears - on account of two incredible performances from J.K. Simmons & Miles Tiller, along with Damien Chazelle at the helm. Chazelle writes a thought-provoking and insightful look into ambition and addiction.
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ariel84Jan 16, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. don't dig too deep. just let yourself be carried away by the performances, the music, and the editing. once the film was over, i laughed at the idea of someone crawling out from a car wreck to get to a stage to play, even if the person was running on pure adrenaline. unless the person was anton chigur. and a teacher can be extremely tough without humiliating and physically punishing students. the first scenes where the band looked like very scared children, not daring to breathe seemed ludicrous. no reputable school would allow a fletcher. the lawsuits! but, it's a movie, it's not real, it's a great metaphor, and it is so true that that the worst two words you can say to a competitor is "good job". Expand
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TrilobiteGJul 31, 2015
Heart pounding, pure, vibrant energy expelled from this movie like sweat on a drummers forehead. Whiplash is without a doubt, the best movie of 2014. Incredible, there is no focus on any side romance to the point of physical annoyance, thereHeart pounding, pure, vibrant energy expelled from this movie like sweat on a drummers forehead. Whiplash is without a doubt, the best movie of 2014. Incredible, there is no focus on any side romance to the point of physical annoyance, there is just a boy, his teacher of high torment and comedy, and a dream that doesn't come easy. Expand
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Chazd3Dec 23, 2014
Many of today's top box office movies involve animated landscapes and whimsical creatures, CGI space aliens and spaceship tales. Whiplash is an emotional and personality driven clash of personalities. The performances are exemplary by the twoMany of today's top box office movies involve animated landscapes and whimsical creatures, CGI space aliens and spaceship tales. Whiplash is an emotional and personality driven clash of personalities. The performances are exemplary by the two leading men. If you are a music lover in general, this movie is totally absorbing. If you're a jazz fan (like me) it's off the charts! Expand
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GuillaumeBorkhJan 16, 2015
The script runs in perfect tempo, relentlessly delivering every beat with tactful ferocity, yet It feels incredibly authentic. This masterpiece slaps you around, then elevates you to the greatest cinematic catharsis in years! A true musicalThe script runs in perfect tempo, relentlessly delivering every beat with tactful ferocity, yet It feels incredibly authentic. This masterpiece slaps you around, then elevates you to the greatest cinematic catharsis in years! A true musical thriller. THRILLER! Expand
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ahnehnoisDec 29, 2014
It's quite an intense movie. I played and performed jazz for a decade or so, but certainly not at this level. The music and the performers are quite credible; I had expected to learn later that Miles Teller knew nothing about drums and wasIt's quite an intense movie. I played and performed jazz for a decade or so, but certainly not at this level. The music and the performers are quite credible; I had expected to learn later that Miles Teller knew nothing about drums and was just a really good faker as in most music films, but it turns out he is a drummer and did take intense training for this movie, and that authenticity strengthens the film.

The point of the movie though, is asking whether a high-stress teaching approach is a good thing or a bad thing. The director's behavior gets intense, and I do struggle to imagine that someone could get away with the things he does in the twenty-first century. It is, however, a provocative issue nonetheless. The way I read into the film, it's up to you to decide the answer to its thesis question: is this aggression and confrontation and abuse necessary to achieve at the highest level, or is it unnecessary? What's not in question is the pain, the question is whether it's worth it.

The trailers present the film as a twist on the schmaltzy teacher and student films we've been cursed with. If you're waiting for the other shoe to drop, if you're waiting for this film to abandon its central question and go back to the safe, boring narrative of an omniscient unflappable teacher and a student who just needs to get over himself and put his personal issues aside and then becomes instantly perfect, this movie never reverts back to that. I'd say that's a good thing.
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jeanrenoir13Jan 26, 2015
Disappointed by this overrated film. Incredibly conventional coming-of-age movie--the kid vs. the mentor who drives him hard to "make a man" out of him. Total cliche. Teller even LOOKS just like a Jewish Ralph Macchio in Karate Kid. AnDisappointed by this overrated film. Incredibly conventional coming-of-age movie--the kid vs. the mentor who drives him hard to "make a man" out of him. Total cliche. Teller even LOOKS just like a Jewish Ralph Macchio in Karate Kid. An Officer and a Gentleman and the first hour of Full Metal Jacket were much, much more better versions of this very familiar tale than this fairly lame, and totally predictable, film. J.T. Simmons is good, but not in the class with Louis Gossett, Jr, or Lee Ermey. And Richard Gere was much better than Teller in the "determined kid" slot. Expand
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tvnewsguidoJan 11, 2015
It's a fairly simple film with some unexpected turns.

While the story seems like one you've heard before, "Whiplash" is a masterful telling. With stellar performances and a tight edit, the whole is elevated well beyond the sum of its parts.
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TheRocksBarneyJan 15, 2015
“Whiplash” is initially a captivating study about what it takes to be great and what is needed to become great, and it ends as a captivating study about what it is to be great. Miles Teller (playing Andrew Neiman) and J.K. Simmons (playing“Whiplash” is initially a captivating study about what it takes to be great and what is needed to become great, and it ends as a captivating study about what it is to be great. Miles Teller (playing Andrew Neiman) and J.K. Simmons (playing Terence Fletcher) are both absolutely fantastic in their respective roles and their performances are on par with those I loved witnessing in “Birdman” and they fit perfectly, as “Birdman”’s cast did with that films respective themes, with what “Whiplash” is all about.
Greatness, as I mentioned earlier, is what “Whiplash” is all about. Teller’s and Simmons’ drive reflect this, and it comes through in their characters. Andrew wants to be “one of the greats” and Fletcher wants to be the man to coach one of them. Yet this is certainly the absolute minimum of what I gathered about this film before I saw it. This kind of drive is in motion about halfway through the film, and “Whiplash” has several twists and turns in it before it finishes. Teller and Simmons develop extremely complex characters and what you come to realise is that what makes them complex is their drive. Andrew for example is an initially very easy character to understand and in some ways, to relate to. We’ve all wanted to be better and get great at something. But what takes “Whiplash” in a different direction from the one where we see Andrew asking the girl behind the counter at the cinema out is Fletcher. He pushes Andrew beyond “what is expected of him”. Watching Teller develop Andrew as a character is a fun ride although Fletcher swearing, slapping and throwing cymbals at him is not so much, but it’s all for a reason.
But is it necessary? Fletcher believes so, calling it “an absolute necessity” in a scene where he seems to reveal himself as the grand villain, right beneath our noses this whole time. “Whiplash” asks these questions and it’s almost as if the film sprouted from them, not that they came up and were developed as the film continued to shoot. Andrew and Fletcher’s relationship is an attempt at answering them, leaving it up to you whether the answers “Whiplash” puts forward are right or wrong. Are Fletchers methods the way forward? Could Andrew harness his talent and be great without Fletcher? Did Andrew have the talent to do such a thing? Is talent even a realistic construct? “Whiplash” asks all of these questions, and puts forward its answers here.
Of course Teller and Simmons are fantastic too and deserve the nominations they are getting. Simmons character is particularly well developed (and funny too) and again it is a joy to witness Teller’s development. Neither character can be described really. Simmons seems describable but there seems to be something beneath him that I couldn’t figure out and in one scene we see that he isn’t quite as tough as he seems to be. What surprises me though is how Simmons keeps winning awards and Teller does not. For me they are both brilliant and one does not outdo the other because in “Whiplash” you come to think of them as entirely separate individuals, and their relationship is instead an eternal one in regards to how it can be applied to several examples and asked whether it is one required for greatness.
What’s also worth mentioning is the films score. It’s brilliant. It really is just a complete appraisal of Jazz. Drums of course predominantly feature and although the score is not as good as “Birdman”s, again heavily featuring drums, the reason it is not is because the score in “Whiplash” is external and in “Birdman”, it’s internal, inside the cast’s heads. It has meaning and something to do with the film whereas in “Whiplash” it’s almost as if Jazz music and the drums in this case are being used as a way by which we can see Andrew become great. It’s another eternal concept of sorts.
“Whiplash” is definitely worth seeing and although I wouldn’t quite call it the film of the year, it certainly puts forward a good performance in several categories and has done well considering it was shot in 19 days and adapted from a short film. Most should come out saying “Whiplash” was a good film. It’s tense and has some good performances in it and asks questions, and talks about, greatness. It’s visually tense as well, helped along by slow-motion shots of sweat bouncing up and down off cymbals and blood dripping from a hand. Because of this, it was an utter relief, and felt hard-earned in some respects, to see the films ending.
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RabbitofDeathNov 22, 2014
Riveting and inspiring. Makes you a little less tolerable of the mediocrity that prevails in day to day life. The fact that the movie was created on a miniscule budget of $3.3M makes it even better. It is a raw and gritty depiction of theRiveting and inspiring. Makes you a little less tolerable of the mediocrity that prevails in day to day life. The fact that the movie was created on a miniscule budget of $3.3M makes it even better. It is a raw and gritty depiction of the struggle and sacrifice required to be great! Great script, acting and camera work. Expand
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thiiraneJan 1, 2015
I read some of the negative reviews below. I can understand their points. While there were some unbelievable parts, the screenplay was designed to take the viewer into the life of a young talented musician who wants to be trained to beI read some of the negative reviews below. I can understand their points. While there were some unbelievable parts, the screenplay was designed to take the viewer into the life of a young talented musician who wants to be trained to be better at a prestigious music school. Part of growing up and becoming a professional is self-recognition of your own skills and drive to be the best. In life, whether you are as a student, intern or staff employee everyone has their insecurities, this movie attempts to play upon the audience's insecurities through the eyes of the students and instructor in the film. To a large extent, I thought the writers and actors accomplished their goal. Expand
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shonouJan 17, 2015
Drive, ambition, tense, emotional, blood, sweat and tears all the way. I felt like I had whiplash! Loved the Jazz and the intensity of the movie.... Excellent :)
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Trev29Jan 5, 2015
There are some compelling performances here, although the movie does not live up to it. The movie lacks credibility. However, it is well paced with good editing.
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RetiredNomadNov 20, 2014
If you like to watch emotional humiliation, by nasty people to both nice & nasty people, this is the movie for you. Having seen the high metascore, I restrained myself from walking out in the first 15 minutes. I had formerly enjoyed J. k.If you like to watch emotional humiliation, by nasty people to both nice & nasty people, this is the movie for you. Having seen the high metascore, I restrained myself from walking out in the first 15 minutes. I had formerly enjoyed J. k. Simmons for his pleasant smile & disposition. That smile was still there, as he used words to mutilate the spirits and confidence of young men. Thinking the movie had to get better, I waited until about 2/3 through when a cliched plot feature was inserted.

It is crazy that irrational yelling & screaming is viewed as a story. Pointless. For me, it was simply painful to watch. BTW - I've only walked out of one other movie in my life.
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stakoJan 10, 2015
Often I've pondered weather a film (as a visual telling of peculiar a set of events) has to contain a metaphorically significant and deep story to be considered truly good, or to be simply beautifully represented, in all the ways cinema canOften I've pondered weather a film (as a visual telling of peculiar a set of events) has to contain a metaphorically significant and deep story to be considered truly good, or to be simply beautifully represented, in all the ways cinema can offer, is enough. In time, I began to realize that it depends on a series of factors, which in turn depend on another series of factors... and ultimately - the answer was no. But from this night onward, if I ever find myself in doubt again, I will certainly reach out to "Whiplash" to remind me that the answer is indeed no.
Not often does fate grant me the privilege of experiencing a movie that I want to watch again immediately after I've watched it the first time. Such was the case with "Whiplash".
The biggest surprise to me in this movie is the work done by Damien Chazelle (who has a rather unexceptional track record up until now), a name I even wrote down to remember, in hopes that he can maintain producing such wonderful works. Other than directing, cinematography has been superbly executed to it's fullest. Hence - my introduction; "Whiplash" does not offer a particularly deep or meaningful story, but it is a story very well told, very firmly blended with the craft of film making. This is the main reason "Whiplash" instantly became one of my all-time favorite movies - it is beautiful in it's simplicity of story, without sacrificing narrative.
Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons show off astounding acting and chemistry. Never have I though that a movie with a concept such as this can be so breathtaking and intense (often enough at the same time).
Everything about Whiplash beyond this point cannot be expressed by words. If the concept of "A Boy Is Learning To Play Hardcore Drums" is not intriguing to you, still you must give this a chance, because it's about that, but it manages to be so much more (as a film) within that. It establishes it's borders and finds freedom within. And that freedom is beautiful.
This is 2014's best flick and I recommend it to everyone and anyone interested in good, quality cinema and acting.
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Brent_MarchantOct 19, 2014
A riveting tale of obsession and the search for perfection, with a career performance by J.K. Simmons and a breakthrough portrayal by Miles Teller. Terrific writing and superb film editing make this captivating chess match between student andA riveting tale of obsession and the search for perfection, with a career performance by J.K. Simmons and a breakthrough portrayal by Miles Teller. Terrific writing and superb film editing make this captivating chess match between student and teacher an engaging film, even if it's not everyone's cup of tea. Expand
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royphishoohJan 19, 2015
Another disappointing Oscar "best film" nomination. Music is about joy, and there is very little joy portrayed in this tale; it is replaced by the same arrogance exhibited in "American Sniper". The mindless drive for an imagined perfectionAnother disappointing Oscar "best film" nomination. Music is about joy, and there is very little joy portrayed in this tale; it is replaced by the same arrogance exhibited in "American Sniper". The mindless drive for an imagined perfection belonged more on the American football field than in a music school. Expand
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TheDavoDec 27, 2014
A dreadful movie. The story line went from preposterous to idiotic over the course of the movie in true Hollywood fashion. The sociopathic instructor would not be teaching at any reputable university and would likely be in jail for assaultA dreadful movie. The story line went from preposterous to idiotic over the course of the movie in true Hollywood fashion. The sociopathic instructor would not be teaching at any reputable university and would likely be in jail for assault or hate speech. Spoiler alert - the hero not only survives a t bone collision with a big truck that flips his car but goes on to give the performance of his life while dripping blood. Seriously ? Expand
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zimmyJan 12, 2015
I've never felt so out of step on a movie as this. To me it was simply awful. Homophobic rants, ritual verbal humiliation and physical violence and I'm still expected to feel some kind of sympathy for the protagonist and still meant toI've never felt so out of step on a movie as this. To me it was simply awful. Homophobic rants, ritual verbal humiliation and physical violence and I'm still expected to feel some kind of sympathy for the protagonist and still meant to believe he'd be allowed to be a teacher in a top music school. Okay, in truth I wasn't bored...the performances are great and there are some fairly good moments but it's ultimately a cliched 'overcoming-the-odds' sort of thing that I've seen far too often in the past. Expand
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RWEF2011Mar 11, 2015
I absolutely hated this film. It was completely contrived and over-acted. The music was wonderful but was obscured by the yelling and attempts at intensity. Simply, it was forced and had me rolling my eyes from the get go.
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csw12Jan 6, 2015
Whiplash is a one man show with J.K Simmons. The problem is all the characters felt unrealistic and when J.K Simmons isn't on screen there isn't much to like. Whiplash can be compared to Black Swan, only Black Swan was more convincing.
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AkashVijayJan 18, 2015
The movie glosses over reality on so many occasions that it's hard to take it seriously. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons give great performances but they're both oversimplified characters. Simmons just plays a comic book villain. How no oneThe movie glosses over reality on so many occasions that it's hard to take it seriously. Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons give great performances but they're both oversimplified characters. Simmons just plays a comic book villain. How no one filed a complaint against him in his time at chauffeur is beyond me. Moreover how did he get a job as the conductor of a pro band despite the fact that he's been accused of emotionally torturing a boy to the point where he committed suicide? Shouldn't Fletcher be in jail? How is he walking free. Moreover some of his actions don't even make sense. He expels a student from the band who is in tune because he didn't know whether he was off tune but doesn't even take action against the one who's out of tune, even though he's completely oblivious to that fact as well? I'm sorry is it just me or is that a contradiction. Car accidents don't seem to bother our protagonist too much. That's the least of his problems. He just couldn't afford any scars at that time so he didn't get any. "There's no to words more harmful than Good Job"? Really? That's not dark, that's not bleak, that's just stupid and simplistic. Whiplash is a film about the pain that accompanies passion, and the blood that's shed on the road to perfection. But sadly, it doesn't execute well. The movie has some tense scenes but the overall result is contrived and unsatisfying. It has a few twists but ultimately it's the same conventional story about the tough love shared by the arrogant apprentice and the abusive master. Expand
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TrueReflectionDec 2, 2014
I was quite disturbed to see that the reviewer's rated this film so highly. It explores the topic of how to inspire students to greatness. I felt like I was watching a time warp from the 1950s when some male coaches and teachers couldI was quite disturbed to see that the reviewer's rated this film so highly. It explores the topic of how to inspire students to greatness. I felt like I was watching a time warp from the 1950s when some male coaches and teachers could physically and verbally abuse students with homophobic and sexist rage, shame, and almost unimaginable humiliation. Further imagine a teacher who uses your deepest and darkest secrets such as the abandonment from your own mother to repeatedly scream at you "That she left you and your father because you are worthless pieces of s**t". Chazelle seriously subjects the audience to his belief that this deeply scarring rage and abuse is required to create a great musician. This movie is more of a deeply disturbing example of why many men will never begin to heal from the layers of shame, depression, and rage. I 'd hate to see this movie nominated for anything and suggest it's creator pick up a book about what really motivates people and recent research into shame, humiliation and the real material of greatness. Expand
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benuttyOct 20, 2014
If you've seen this already then you'll understand my clearest criticism: Damien Chazelle needs a Terence Fletcher in his life.

Aside from J.K. Simmon's performance and some stellar editing, I'm not sure there's anything spectacular or
If you've seen this already then you'll understand my clearest criticism: Damien Chazelle needs a Terence Fletcher in his life.

Aside from J.K. Simmon's performance and some stellar editing, I'm not sure there's anything spectacular or revolutionary here. If all you connect with is the thrill then this feels most like Black Swan (but better), and if you connect more with the story then its closest kin is The Devil Wears Prada (but better). Both comparisons make me sigh.
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onceagainOct 25, 2014
Boring. Like every other movie white people in Hollywood made before. Prolonged shots of someone sweating while drumming does not immediately mean 'intensity'.
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historyman1969Nov 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 ofAbout 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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grootFeb 7, 2015
Boring, unrealistic...no one would put up with that crap. Another film that was supposed to be so good, but as usual disappoints.................................................................
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jhepMar 31, 2015
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 afterWhat 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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Movie1997Dec 30, 2016
Since "La La Land" is out in theaters, I thought I would take a look back at Damien Chazelle's big hit of 2014. And man oh man is this something. "Whiplash" is an intensely electrifying drama that never lets up. Everything about this movie isSince "La La Land" is out in theaters, I thought I would take a look back at Damien Chazelle's big hit of 2014. And man oh man is this something. "Whiplash" is an intensely electrifying drama that never lets up. Everything about this movie is spectacular thanks to unique editing, a great script, and performances from Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons that really elevate the movie to a whole new level. Without their chemistry, the movie would not be even close to what it became. It is a movie that questions how far you are willing to go to achieve your dreams. The movie presents its ideas in such an unflinching way that it draws you in with its intensity. There were moments in this movie that legitimately made my heart race. Most action thrillers now of days don't come anywhere close to giving me that same effect. Now that is saying something. From beginning to end it continuously builds and builds to a remarkable climax that was so satisfying to witness. It's the kind of underdog ending that was just so well deserved. Overall, Damien Chazelle has a made one of the best movies not only of the decade but of all time. I give "Whiplash" an A+! Expand
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ExqweezmeAug 25, 2015
Trite. The renowned Jonathan Schwartz says "Jazz is the sound of surprise." That sound is missing here. Predictable, cliched, and dull, and no doubt some kind of cathartic outlet for seniors (the majority of current moviegoers) where J.K.Trite. The renowned Jonathan Schwartz says "Jazz is the sound of surprise." That sound is missing here. Predictable, cliched, and dull, and no doubt some kind of cathartic outlet for seniors (the majority of current moviegoers) where J.K. Simmons represents the overly demanding/never satisfied parent and Paul Rieser the unconditional love/support icon. Neither suffer any consequence for their actions, it's Miles Teller's character that is the reagent to their catalyst - a mushy dollop of clay for them to shape - and the audience is left with no clear moral consequences for any of their actions. Expand
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bfoore90Mar 23, 2016
Intense, gripping and phenomenal at the very least. "Whiplash" tells the story of the complicated relationship between Andrew Neyman, an ambitious jazz drummer who dreams of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory, and TerranceIntense, gripping and phenomenal at the very least. "Whiplash" tells the story of the complicated relationship between Andrew Neyman, an ambitious jazz drummer who dreams of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory, and Terrance Fletcher, a famed and albeit, ruthless conductor who carves out his perfect musician by pushing his students to the edge physically, emotionally and mentally. Acting is perfect, with Teller and Simmons giving extraordinary performances with Simmons getting a well deserved Academy Award Nomination for his efforts. The plot itself is intense and packed with drama from start to finish that doesn't let up until the final act when it comes to an explosive and satisfying conclusion. Loved the movie almost instantly, a definite must watch and well deserving of its many award nominations and wins. Expand
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SamfortalOct 6, 2020
There a better ways to develop tenacity and skills. Spartan teaching methodology is stupid.
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yoda1991jagg199Nov 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
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kriebelrJan 4, 2015
Positives: J.K. Simmons is terrifying, and really great. He plays a manipulative, abusive teacher that every student fears and longs to please.

Lots of times movies with music as a central theme have fake playing in them that is
Positives: J.K. Simmons is terrifying, and really great. He plays a manipulative, abusive teacher that every student fears and longs to please.

Lots of times movies with music as a central theme have fake playing in them that is distracting. This movie is filmed in such a way that the fake playing isn't distracting. In fact, if you don't know better, you won't know the difference.

The story has a ton of interest and holds your attention. There are quite a few shocks along the way.

The Negative: Plot holes...plenty of them. One or two are acceptable...but they became a distraction.

I wish they would have explored the family dynamic more, especially attitudes favoring sports over music.

I think they wrote Simmon's dialogue a little over the top. Yes it had to be shocking...but it was like "Full Metal Jacket" shocking. Over the top in my opinion, and subtlety would have been better here.

The final scene was unrealistic and stupid. Made a great movie just good.
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LelchelseaJan 19, 2015
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In so little movies do you see such passion and intensity in a movie not just about music but about how far someone is willing to go to be who they want to be and do what they want to do. Teller and JK Simmons reminds me of the quote in The Dark Knight 'This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object' Teller is shown to sacrifice nearly everything for a chance at the top, his family, his girlfriend and will go through hell if there is a slice of heaven. JK Simmons plays not only the tough guy but the guy that will push 99 percent of his students to breaking point. His acts even with honourable intentions can't even be justified but that is what makes his character such a stand out. He believes that what he does no matter how bad of a person he seems to be is not for him but to find the one percent that don't break from his hurling insults but rises. Whiplash is easily one of 2014 great films and will stand the test of time for not only music movies but movies as a whole. Expand
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alexo774Jul 19, 2015
One of the worst and most offensive films I have ever seen. I see where they're going with the direction, and I can see that they tried, but the gay-bashing words, the ridiculousness of the plot, and one of the most overrated actors of ourOne of the worst and most offensive films I have ever seen. I see where they're going with the direction, and I can see that they tried, but the gay-bashing words, the ridiculousness of the plot, and one of the most overrated actors of our time (Miles Teller) delivering a terrible performance makes this one of the worst movies I've seen in recent times. Expand
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TLHGDec 16, 2015
An extravagant mentor with a lot of style who pushes the young pupils to the edge and pupils playing the mentor's game... I've seen that in House, Devil Wears Prada, even in Hell's Kitchen... and now in Whiplash. This movie is nothing but anAn extravagant mentor with a lot of style who pushes the young pupils to the edge and pupils playing the mentor's game... I've seen that in House, Devil Wears Prada, even in Hell's Kitchen... and now in Whiplash. This movie is nothing but an old plot with a new costume, one that adds a hip/cult aspect to it and will extract good comments from posers who want to look hip and cult. Very superficial though and get bored when you watch a movie that does exactly what thousands of movies have done before, don't bother watching. One point to Simmons and one point to the music though. Expand
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BroyaxJan 7, 2018
Je vous présente le sergent-instructeur Fletcher, l'enfoirnaze de service qui torture à mort ses jeunes bleubites pour la beauté de l'art. De quel art au juste s'agit-il, l'art sadique du harcèlement et de l'humiliation ou bien l'art pourJe vous présente le sergent-instructeur Fletcher, l'enfoirnaze de service qui torture à mort ses jeunes bleubites pour la beauté de l'art. De quel art au juste s'agit-il, l'art sadique du harcèlement et de l'humiliation ou bien l'art pour l'art, le transcendantal transcendé, celui des bourgeois bohèmes ? Transcende-toi, surtout toi, sur ta putain de batterie ! non, c'est pas mon tempo ! recommence, recommence petit enfoiré, fais-moi voir ta gueule de guerrier ! non, c'est pas mon tempo ! tu peux pas aller plus vite, connaaaard ?!...

On l'a compris, c'est marche ou crève au conservatoire et c'est tellement outré et délirant aussi bien du côté de l'instructeur que chez le petit jeune prêt à tous les sacrifices et tous les tourments qu'on se bidonne à n'en plus finir. Toutefois le bleu se rebelle éventuellement au fil d'un scénario mené tambour battant, c'est alors un duel au taquet qui s'engage, un duel dont les coups bas et coups de pute sont légion...

...jusqu'au final cinglé à se taper le cul par terre, j'avais pas autant ri depuis un bout de temps. Et pourtant je n'aime pas le jazz, j'exècre cette musique de dégénérés et de sauvages. Mais c'est si drôle et si bien fait, si percutant qu'on aurait tort de se priver d'un tel film, d'un full metal jazz pareil.
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HappyislandsJan 9, 2017
JK Simmons in Whiplash is one of the great movie villains of all time. Vader, Lecter, Chigurh, Landa - add Terrence Fletcher to that list. It's a shame he doesn't have a better name.
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Jk9785Feb 28, 2017
Whiplash is an incredible movie. Good writing, absolutely incredible acting from J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller, and overall a film that is hard to watch, This film is great in just about every way.
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MyklFriedchickeNov 28, 2017
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. So there’s this kid and he’s like really good at drumming. Then this evil bald dude tells the kid he should try out for jazz band. So he does and he makes it. On the first day Mr. evil bald dude kicks a kid out for being out of tune. So this kid is like also madly in love with this girl that works at a movie theater, so like he asks her out and she says yes. So like they’re dating now and stuff. So then the kid is in jazz band and like he’s abused by Mr. evil bald guy for not staying in tempo and He’s getting slapped and stuff. So the kid goes into a depression and starts practicing the drums like 24/7. So then this other drummer comes along and they have to like have a five hour drum off to see who can like play this dumb song, and the kid gets it. But then on the day that they have to perform it he like gets up late. Then like he speeds down the highway and smashes into a truck and gets wrecked. Then like he runs to the place and is bleeding and stuff and evil bald guy is like “nah fam you can’t play, you bloody.” So the kid goes into an even deeper depression and then like he breaks up with his girlfriend cause he needs to like practice drums 34/7 365. So like then he gets Mr. evil bald dude fired and then like a year later he goes into a bar and sees Mr. evil bald dude playing a piano, and Mr. evil bald man tells the kid that he can play in like a jazz band thing that is in front of a bunch of important people. So like he practices and stuff but like his dad who was like non existent for like the whole movie tells him not to. But the kid like totally doesn’t care and goes on stage. But then surprise, his sheet music is like the song that he got the part to play but didn’t play the song cause he was bloody. It’s complicated. But like the kid does a flippin sick drum solo so like Mr. evil bald is like impressed and like the kids symbol falls and Mr. evil bald guy like fixes it and it’s beautiful and I love this movie. Expand
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BryceHarperFeb 23, 2018
movie of the pure perfection, the best music-based film I've ever seen. I like 'Birdman' a lot, but whiplash should have won the Oscar.
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LynMar 7, 2015
J.K. Simmons delivered the scene that made me cry as Ellen Page's dad in "Juno," so I was interested to see what the veteran actor would bring to this Oscar-winning role. He doesn't disappoint. As the mean music teacher, he brings perfectJ.K. Simmons delivered the scene that made me cry as Ellen Page's dad in "Juno," so I was interested to see what the veteran actor would bring to this Oscar-winning role. He doesn't disappoint. As the mean music teacher, he brings perfect control and nuanced nastiness, not to mention showcasing his (who knew?!) extensive musical background. So, worth seeing for all this. The plot itself is extremely unrealistic, however. He could be Coltrane, Monk and Gershwin rolled into one, but never would this kind of sadistic severity be tolerated at any school in the country. Also, two exhausting words: "Drum solos." Expand
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jdb26354Mar 7, 2015
Pros: score, cinematography. Cons: plot line wobbled on credibility, (surprisingly) performance of Simmons as the domineering band instructor. I was in the mood for a test-your-dream story set in the music world, and Whiplash delivered. ThePros: score, cinematography. Cons: plot line wobbled on credibility, (surprisingly) performance of Simmons as the domineering band instructor. I was in the mood for a test-your-dream story set in the music world, and Whiplash delivered. The basic story arc of an ambitious musician finding what he's made of in the New York performing arts world is delivered in workmanlike fashion. Ultimately, however, I did not fear Simmons as the instructor, and thought too much of his dialogue was re-worked from the drill instructor in "Full Metal Jacket." Here, I may have been the victim of high expectations, given the Academy Awards. The drumming performances were quite compelling, at least to a non-expert such as myself, and drew me in to the history of jazz, with Buddy Rich and Charlie Parker key icons of the shared values of the main characters. I thought the final act was a little contrived to arrive at a Hollywood climax, resulting in the pacing of the story becoming more uneven. Ultimately, if this movie rates universal acclaim, then "The Paper Chase" would as well, and I don't think most critics would put the latter in cinema's top echelon. Expand
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quincytheodoreFeb 23, 2015
Whiplash, as the name suggests, packs a serious punch. There hasn’t been a musical movie, or any movie for that matter, that gives such intense human relationship. The film brings a rich drama performed by engaging actors, it is crude in itsWhiplash, as the name suggests, packs a serious punch. There hasn’t been a musical movie, or any movie for that matter, that gives such intense human relationship. The film brings a rich drama performed by engaging actors, it is crude in its nature but also possesses classy rhythm. Its mix of true to live cinematography and brilliantly pace musical score is edited so well, audience can’t help to be drawn to its excellent tension.

Andrew Nieman (Milles Teller) is a drummer and student in one of the best music schools. He’s recruited by Terrence Fletcher (J. K. Simmons), a well-known teacher who’s searching for a new musician to join his band. Nieman is a very dedicated young man, he strives to win Fletcher’s approval but little did he know that Fletcher’s method of teaching is rather unorthodox. The way Fletcher motivates his students is with a lot of profanities, overly honest assessment and borderline abusive behavior. Lots of stick with barely any carrot.

The two are embroiled in an odd relationship, and both leads perform magnificently. Milles Teller represents the youthful ambitious character with hidden aggressive poise. Whereas Simmons as Fletcher is brilliantly antagonistic, he’s a mentor but often time he resembles a manipulative enemy. From his body language and yell Simmons is too convincing, it could be unnerving at times, in the best possible way. If he had the opportunity like this in old Spider-Man movies as he portrayed the pushy editor, they would have been truly amazing.

Camerawork captures the flow meticulously and mostly in close-up, it often pans back or slowly approaches the scene, allowing the audience to have a sense of the setting. However, when the music hits, it goes into high gears. Switching back and forth between the plowing of the drum, characters’ subtle expressions or winces, down to the blood and sweat. The film’s editing is wonderfully fitting, each frame is also accompanied by a spirited explosion of instruments. It’s powerful, inevitably engrossingly.

Whiplash is a monster of a movie, never skipping a beat. Rude, brash but stylishly captivating.
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NedRyerson1Feb 18, 2015
Whiplash is JK Simmons shining around and getting everyone at his feet. His acting as the music teacher that pushes students to the edge is absolutely breathtaking, nothing like what I have seen in a long time. This character represents allWhiplash is JK Simmons shining around and getting everyone at his feet. His acting as the music teacher that pushes students to the edge is absolutely breathtaking, nothing like what I have seen in a long time. This character represents all the obstacles that life puts in front a person that wants to succeed on a certain topic. The work with the cameras really helped to create this figure, staying with details and looking up, at him, or down, at the rest. The problems with this film starts when you look around at the other things on screen; the plot is almost nonexistent, leading to a chaos of nonsense; the protagonist is not well defined, making impossible for the viewer to understand his actions and decisions; and the camera's work that was magnificent at the beginning is lost along the way. So many incoherent things together definitely can't maintain a person's attention, although if you like to hear an hour forty five of drums, this movie is for you. Expand
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lasttimeisawFeb 17, 2015
Few might expect an indie drama about a dysfunctional mentor-student relationship about jazz-drum can be such a thrilling adrenaline drive, WHIPLASH, which not only proudly joins the elite top 8 in the upcoming Oscar BEST PICTURE nominees,Few might expect an indie drama about a dysfunctional mentor-student relationship about jazz-drum can be such a thrilling adrenaline drive, WHIPLASH, which not only proudly joins the elite top 8 in the upcoming Oscar BEST PICTURE nominees, but is also counted as a major contender in for a harvest (with J.K. Simmons undisputedly has BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR in his bag). It is also hard to imagine this is only young director Damien Chazelle’s second feature, after his less-seen debut GUY AND MADELINE ON A PARK BENCH (2009), WHIPLASH is such a full-grown piece of gem, with the slithering camera movement, a plethora of intensive close-ups and snappy editing, a buzzy audio surrounding and the irresistible jazzy soundtrack, it engages us with a daunting study of the pursuit of being the greatest and a spellbinding and unblemished mental orgasm in its fierce solo-drum finale.

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keanexJul 22, 2018
This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I had been recommended Whiplash about 4 years ago now, for some odd reason I thought it was a movie about women's roller derby, so it was quite a surprise when I showed my girlfriend the trailer to decide what to watch for the night. Nonetheless, the trailer looked intense, but most of all I loved that it centered around jazz drums. I'm not much of a musician, but as a failed musician I can fully respect how difficult jazz drums are and fully appreciate the craft.

This movie is intense. There were times I was on the edge of my seat, gripping my seat, and so drawn into the movie afraid of where it may or may not go. The acting is absolutely phenomenal on all fronts, Miles Teller (Andrew) and J.K. Simmons (Fletcher) *really* sell the intensity, emotion, and drama that fills the movie. This is not a "come home to relax" movie, this is a movie that demands your attention through and through.

As the movie focuses on jazz drumming, and a rigorous pace at which the teacher (J.K. Simmons) demands of his students, music is crucial to the enjoyment of this film. I couldn't help but sit and watch this movie in absolute awe through the drumming sequences and seeing the band come together in totality. The music and acting are S-tier in my opinion.

Now the bad. There are two story points that really felt underdeveloped. The "love" portion felt rushed. There are four scenes that bring it to life. The first is when we first see Andrew interact with Nicole in the movies, there's a slight flirtatious tension. The second scene is Andrew asking her out and her accepting. The third is Andrew breaking up with her at some unspecified time down the road to pursue his drumming. It's assumed that it's been at least some time because she's clearly distraught, but the time-frame is unknown and it's hard to feel invested or that it was quite an important decision due to this. Then there's the last part where he's quit drumming and tries to call her back, which we never revisit. Everything about the romance arc is rushed and abandoned. The movie is 1 hour and 45 minutes, they could have given another 5 minutes to make us feel the weight of his decision more thoroughly.

My other issue with the story is the sort of Stockholm syndrome that Andrew feels towards Fletcher. No matter how hard Fletcher pushes Andrew he still follows along sort of like a wounded puppy. Nevermind the glossed over detail that Fletcher's method of teaching pushed a kid to killing himself. They explain this, of course, through a dialog that is harped on that Fletcher felt he needed to push people past their limits to *truly* become great. I get it, but it felt a bit shallow.

With that said, I truly loved this movie despite the two issues I have with it. This was an exhilarating movie and one I won't forget for some time.
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natfeFeb 10, 2015
This film is one of the most intense I have maybe ever seen. Tauter than most horror movies, this is a truly harrowing film. I have never had such a physical and mental reaction to a movie as I did with this one; my body was tightly wound,This film is one of the most intense I have maybe ever seen. Tauter than most horror movies, this is a truly harrowing film. I have never had such a physical and mental reaction to a movie as I did with this one; my body was tightly wound, and I experienced true anxiety throughout. The performances are brilliant, and the music is incredible. I cannot recommend this movie highly enough, I found it to be one of the best movies of the last decade (at least!) Expand
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