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Whiplash (2014)

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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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R (for strong language including some sexual references)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Miles Teller
as Andrew Neyman
J.K. Simmons
as Terence Fletcher
Nate Lang
as Carl
Max Kasch
as Dorm Neighbor
Damon Gupton
as Mr. Kramer
Chris Mulkey
as Uncle Frank
Suanne Spoke
as Aunt Emma
Charlie Ian
as Dustin
Jayson Blair
as Travis
Kofi Siriboe
as Bassist (Nassau)
Kavita Patil
as Assistant - Sophie
C.J. Vana
as Metz
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 (261) | Top Critics (56)

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

Full Review… | August 16, 2016
indieWIRE
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The movie swings - physically, musically, psychologically, racially.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
Grantland
Top Critic

It would be an insult to call Chazelle a "promising" filmmaker, as this movie doesn't indicate mere potential - it is evidence of authentic, sometimes blazing talent.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
Chicago Sun-Times
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Such a cooked-up piece of claptrap that I half expected Darth Vader to pick up the baton.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
Christian Science Monitor
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'Whiplash' is electric from beginning to end, a musical story of obsession, frustration and outright cruelty built on two knockout performances.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
Detroit News
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Director Damien Chazelle, who based the story on his own experience as a student jazz drummer in the thrall of an Alpha task-master, has created a remarkably economical and claustrophobic piece of storytelling.

Full Review… | January 4, 2015
Toronto Sun
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Whiplash

½

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

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

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