Whiplash Synopsis
Fletcher, a lead for the top jazz ensemble at school, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless...
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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

By Roger Moore
The script and Simmons, known for TV’s “The Closer” and as tantrum-tossing editor J. Jonah Jameson in “Spider-Man,” make Fletcher a...
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CineVue

By John Bleasdale
Although a couple of narrative twists late on threaten to drum us into melodrama, Chazelle never misses a beat and the film builds to a...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Whiplash is true to its title. It throws you around with impunity, yet Chazelle exerts tight, exacting control over his increasingly...
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100

RogerEbert.com

By Brian Tallerico
Whiplash is cinematic adrenalin. In an era when so many films feel more refined by focus groups or marketing managers, it is a deeply...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The exhilarating, inventive and suspenseful story hinges on a pair of commanding performances.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A thrilling and propulsive drama.
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91

indieWIRE

Revealing both the dangers and payoffs of artistic ambition, Whiplash is sure to establish Chazelle as a directorial force to be reckoned...
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90

TheWrap

By Alonso Duralde
Whiplash redefines the teacher movie (to say nothing of the young-musician movie) with a brutal energy and no easy resolutions. It's a...
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Variety

By Peter Debruge
Chazelle proves an exceptional builder of scenes, crafting loaded, need-to-succeed moments that grab our attention and hold it tight.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Whiplash is writer/director Damien Chazelle's hyperventilated nightmare about artistic struggle, artistic ambition. It's as much a horror...
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Virtuoso Perfomance - the Film of the Decade

By louisemensch
I have seen Whiplash four times this past week and am not some kind of indie film nut. This story of perfection, striving, brutal honesty, and masculinity and sacrifice - of the antagonist as much as...

One of the best I've ever seen.

By Wiil0276
A strong story, with the heart of a lion, masterfully told. Push yourself to see it (in the best theater possible), you can thank me later....

Success of a Film About Success

By joegiustra
I see lots of films and rarely commend or remember them (except for oldies). But "Whiplash" is a gem! As has been noted by critics, the plot is familiar, a template of the success-against-odds...

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By mariahbigfan
Amazing! A+++ This story leaves me speechless. A movie that anyone whose ever sung a note or picked up an instrument should see....

Oscar worthy!!!!

By vseay1
What can I say... It's amazing!!!! I have so much respect for the young actor playing the drummer...

Why did they make this movie?

By mary568
I read a review that said this movie raised the question of whether the relentless pursuit of being the best might lead to psychological problems. The answer is yes. Now you don't have to spend one...

Astonishing, Must-See Film

By zinkpb
I went into this film with high expectations, but WHIPLASH exceeded every one of them by delivering a focused, personal story that literally left me breathless. The movie never loses site of its core...

Phenomenally Intense

By spiffnjen
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Fantastic!

By rushfan74
J.K. Simmons performance is Amazing. A compelling, at times hard to watch movie. GO SEE IT !...

Remake of Black Swan With Paradiddles Instead of Pliés.

By georgecolombo
Given the number of enthusiastic reviews I'd seen, my expectations for Whiplash were pretty high. In fact, the movie was largely disappointing. J.K. Simmons turned in an outstanding performance,...

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Rated R | For Strong Language and Some Sexual References
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Compelling drama about relentless pursuit of perfection.
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POSITIVE MESSAGES
POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
LANGUAGE
CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF