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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.

Movie Info

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 Classicsmore
Rating: R (for strong language including some sexual references)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Damien Chazelle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 2015
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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 (Stud...
Rogelio Douglas, Jr.
as Trumpeter #1 (Studio...
Adrian Burks
as Trumpeter #2 (Studio...
Calvin C. Winbush
as Saxophonist (Studio ...
Joseph Bruno
as Technician (Overbroo...
MichaŽl Cohen
as Stage Hand (Overbroo...
Jocelyn Ayanna
as Passerby (Bus statio...
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 ...
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 #...
Ayinde Vaughn
as Studio Core Member #...
Shai Golan
as Studio Core Member #...
Yancey Wells
as Studio Core Member #...
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News & Interviews for Whiplash

Critic Reviews for Whiplash

All Critics (256) | Top Critics (54)

Fast-paced, intelligent and highly entertaining. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | April 28, 2016

[Writer-director Damien] Chazelle has turned an overwrought, often tasteless musical cliche - the drum solo - into something ferocious and alive.

Full Review… | April 17, 2016

Exciting, nerve-racking and emotionally pungent all at once.

Full Review… | February 29, 2016
Today's Zaman (Turkey)

Whiplash feels dynamic and fresh because it capitalizes on every tonal shift and detail.

Full Review… | February 26, 2016
The Film Stage

Whiplash is the most exciting thing that has happened to us in 2015. [Full review in Spanish]

Full Review… | January 5, 2016
El Universal

At only 29, writer/director Damien Chazelle is already a huge talent, allowing both his leads to shine as the film builds to its powerful and beautifully conducted finale. Whether you're a fan of drumming-based cinema or not you need to see it.

Full Review… | December 22, 2015
Sun Online

Audience Reviews for Whiplash

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

Super Reviewer

What an incredible movie this is. Bolstered by stunning and jaw dropping performances by JK Simmons and Miles Teller this is a story about drive, what makes a good teacher and the the power of psychological warfare. The final scene of the movie is a triumph and astounding master-class of music; imagery and acting. This in all regards is a near faultless work of art, beautifully executed and a testament to great film-making. Such a shame they didn't run JK Simmons in the Best Actor category and this for me was just on par with Best Picture winner Birdman.

Jarrad Climpson
Jarrad Climpson

Super Reviewer


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

Whiplash Quotes

Terence Fletcher: Good job.
– Submitted by Jackie C (5 months ago)
Terence Fletcher: Everybody remember, Lincoln Center and it's? use this competitions to decide who they're interested in and who they're not. And I'm not gonna have my reputation in that department tarnished by a bunch of fucking limp dick sour note, flatterer than your girlfriends, flexible tempo dipshits, got it? One more thing, Eugene, give me that: If I ever find one of these lying around again, I swear to fucking God I will stop being so polite? Get the fuck out of my sight before I demolish you! Stage right, in order, now!? I can still fucking see you mini me!!
– Submitted by Luis S. U (8 months ago)
Andrew Neyman: But is there a line? You know, maybe you go too far and discourage the next Charlie Parker from ever becoming Charlie Parker?
Terence Fletcher: No, man, no. Because the next Charlie Parker would never be discouraged.
– Submitted by Julian V (8 months ago)
Terence Fletcher: Neiman, you earned the part. Alternates you want to clean the blood off my drumset?
– Submitted by Jay T (11 months ago)

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