Whiplash Reviews

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August 22, 2018
It takes Simmons as an actor from memorable to unforgettable.
August 21, 2018
"Whiplash" is a standout film of the year that will remind you what filmmaking is supposed to be.
August 3, 2018
The terrific acting duo of Teller and Simmons infuses the lively antagonism between coach and pupil with practically combustible fuel.
January 30, 2018
If you're anything like me, you'll leave the theatre trembling to the rhythm of jazz drums. [Full review in Spanish]
January 17, 2018
... intoxicating movie. [Full review in Spanish]
January 10, 2018
Whiplash is cinema as a duel, fought not in an army 
barracks or an athletic training camp but in the room where the orchestra rehearses its jazz numbers.
December 2, 2017
Whiplash is must-see cinema filled with explosive performances from Miles Teller and J.K Simmons
November 14, 2017
Chazelle has a winning conceit in the bond between the self-annihilating hero and his psychopathic mentor, wringing surprising tension out of an improbable magic-realist finale that sees the men hashing out their demonic teacher-student relationship.
November 9, 2017
The taut editing (Tom Cross) is outstanding and Simmons outdoes himself.
November 8, 2017
Like a classic jazz tune, this movie takes a simple theme -- what is an acceptable price for artistic greatness? -- and with the application of craftsmanship and imagination, that slim starting idea is built into something approaching greatness.
October 25, 2017
Without guns, knives or fistfights, Whiplash manages to be explosive and yes, dramatically violent - it's just that the violence is largely emotional, and often self-inflicted.
October 18, 2017
[Chazelle] concocts a finale that contains an unlikely plot twist and which arguably counters everything the rest of the film has warned us about. But it includes a musical performance so dazzling and exhilarating that it's hard to complain.
September 1, 2017
The film has potential, but ultimately there's more bark than bite.
August 16, 2017
Whiplash is a well made film, expertly edited and performed with aplomb, but it's a little bit ridiculous.
August 14, 2017
[Miles] Teller and [J.K] Simmons give stellar performances, making this twisted relationship between teacher and student always compelling, even as the plot strains believability more than once.
June 28, 2017
The movie is bursting with grand jazz sets, some classic, some not. All of them pure pleasure, especially if you love jazz.
February 28, 2017
Simply outstanding.
August 16, 2016
Revealing both the dangers and payoffs of artistic ambition, Whiplash is sure to establish Chazelle as a directorial force to be reckoned with.
July 26, 2016
This is not a music movie-the numbers are dense and joyless-it's a sports movie, and a very assured one for a guy clearly reaching for the stars himself.
July 14, 2016
It's about the social utility of sociopathy, about the refusal to fret over self-esteem or hurt feelings or mental or physical pain in the pursuit of greatness.
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