Whiplash Reviews

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August 26, 2020
What makes musical genius? Is it inherent, or does it have to be dragged kicking, screaming and bleeding from you?
July 18, 2020
Whiplash is exactly why films are made. It's powerful, moving, scary, gripping, thought-provoking, exhausting, inspiring and...in-%*@#ing-tense.
July 17, 2020
J.K. Simmons completely owns his role. It's scary, bordering psychotic and worth his Oscar win.
June 28, 2020
An energetic film about music, passion, sacrifice and the fine line between excellence and excess. [Full review in Spanish]
June 26, 2020
The extraordinary thing about Whiplash, in addition to having a tremendous score, is that it plays the cymbals of the contemporary jazz scene with what would be masterful performances from Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. [Full review in Spanish]
June 18, 2020
A terrific psychological thriller set in the emotionally shark-infested waters of an elite New York music academy...
November 19, 2019
Compelling, stunning and exhilarating, there are not enough superlatives to describe Whiplash and the impact of its lead performances.
July 16, 2019
Whiplash is a thrilling nailbiter that ruminates on the cost of great art, nature vs nurture and the sacrifices one makes for one's craft...
May 31, 2019
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and Whiplash hits so hard it'll leave you on life support, gasping for breath.
May 2, 2019
All the music scenes are done incredibly well and it builds tension to a very satisfying ending.
March 22, 2019
A supreme meditation on the encouragement of brilliance and the excesses of power, Whiplash is a stunning musical drama with a rhythm section to die for.
January 31, 2019
If it wasn't for the stellar performances by both Simmons and Teller, I'm not sure this film would actually work.
January 24, 2019
It's one of 2014's best films, an emotional powerhouse that features one of the most memorable performances in recent memory.
November 3, 2018
A dramatic conceit around which so-called truisms about the destructive quest for artistic perfection can play out.
November 3, 2018
The advertising boasts words like 'riveting' and 'astounding.' Sadly, I was neither riveted nor astounded.
November 1, 2018
It's a necessary cautionary tale for anyone aspiring to greatness that never sugar coats itself for one moment.
October 24, 2018
Dead Poets Society for sociopaths.
August 28, 2018
If occasionally the movie works too hard to manufacture dramatic points, that's easy enough to forgive in the face of the performances writer-director Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench) draws from his stars.
August 27, 2018
Electrifying. Dangerous. Masterful.
August 22, 2018
It takes Simmons as an actor from memorable to unforgettable.
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