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Whiplash (2014)



Critic Consensus: Intense, inspiring, and well-acted, Whiplash is a brilliant sophomore effort from director Damien Chazelle and a riveting vehicle for stars J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller.

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Andrew Neyman is an ambitious 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. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity. (C) Sony Classics

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Miles Teller
as Andrew Neyman
J.K. Simmons
as Terence Fletcher
Max Kasch
as Dorm Neighbor
Damon Gupton
as Mr. Kramer
Chris Mulkey
as Uncle Frank
Suanne Spoke
as Aunt Emma
Kofi Siriboe
as Bassist (Nassau)
Kavita Patil
as Assistant - Sophie
Tarik Lowe
as Pianist (Studio Band)
Tyler Kimball
as Saxophonist #2 (Studio Band)
Rogelio Douglas, Jr.
as Trumpeter #1 (Studio Band)
Adrian Burks
as Trumpeter #2 (Studio Band)
Calvin C. Winbush
as Saxophonist (Studio Band)
Joseph Bruno
as Technician (Overbrook) - Mike
Michael D. Cohen
as Stage Hand (Overbrook)
Michael D. Cohen
as Stage Hand (Overbrook)
Jocelyn Ayanna
as Passerby (Bus station)
Keenan Henson
as Truck Driver
Janet Joskins
as Passerby (Dunellen)
April Grace
as Rachel Bornholdt
Clifton Eddie
as Drummer (Quartet)
Marcus Henderson
as Bassist (JVC)
Tony Baker
as Stagehand (Carnegie Hall)
Henry G. Sanders
as Red Henderson
Sam Campisi
as Andrew (8 years old)
Jimmie Kirkpatrick
as Nassau Trumpeter #2
Keenan Allen
as Studio Core Member #1
Ayinde Vaughn
as Studio Core Member #2
Shai Golan
as Studio Core Member #3
Yancey Wells
as Studio Core Member #4
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Critic Reviews for Whiplash

All Critics (295) | Top Critics (67)

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

August 16, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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What gives the film such a kick, in spite of its improbabilities, is its raw and brutal but also very subtle portrayal of the shifting, attritional relations between teacher and student, sorcerer and apprentice.

January 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I suggest you take a defibrillator to Whiplash, since the chances of a heart attack or spontaneous combustion during viewing are high.

January 16, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Whiplash is an extraordinarily taut, accomplished piece of work for a debut feature. It's also unusual in having such a definite point to make - albeit perhaps a pretty objectionable one.

January 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film offers dark, ripsnorting fun if not, necessarily, an accurate portrait of life and times at premium music colleges.

January 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If Facebook's Marc Zuckerberg took jazz drumming lessons from Dr Hannibal Lecter, the result might look like this.

January 15, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Whiplash

Whiplash is one of the best movies to come out in 2014, thanks in large part to Damian Chazelle and J.K Simmons. Chazelle does a great job capturing the tension of a serious band practice/audition and the nerves of all of the players. J.K Simmons, however, really steals the show. He is one of those characters that excites the viewer every time he shows up on screen because you just know something interesting is going to happen when he does. His performance is fantastic and his character is even better. Apart from that, the screenplay is decent, as is Miles Teller, but this film really leans on it's director, editor and the stellar performance of Simmons, which proved to be a great decision.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer


The sadistic teaching methods of a jazz ensemble conductor are cut like an action movie, which makes this very entertaining even for people with little interest in this kind of music. Simmons is fantastic in his role and rules every scene he is in. The only problem is: our "hero" is kind of an asshole, too.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

One hears quite a lot about chick flicks but what, pray tell, are their opposite? Offered as Exhibit A is this macho slugfest that has zero autos detonated or surface to air missiles fired as the two leads duke it out metaphorically ... for one another's respect. In a music school. It don't sound like much, and yet it's riveting film-making. Not to be missed and worth repeated viewings.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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