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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Critic Reviews for Whiplash
Revealing both the dangers and payoffs of artistic ambition, Whiplash is sure to establish Chazelle as a directorial force to be reckoned with.
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.
Such a cooked-up piece of claptrap that I half expected Darth Vader to pick up the baton.
'Whiplash' is electric from beginning to end, a musical story of obsession, frustration and outright cruelty built on two knockout performances.
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.
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.
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.
|Terence Fletcher:||Good job.|
|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!!|
|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.|
|Terence Fletcher:||Neiman, you earned the part. Alternates you want to clean the blood off my drumset?|
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