Whiplash Reviews

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September 1, 2017
The film has potential, but ultimately there's more bark than bite.
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.
June 18, 2016
It's a thorny, thoughtful movie that asks provocative questions and isn't cocky enough to boast of knowing the answers.
January 18, 2015
For all its overripe contrivance, you'll leave the cinema with a spring in your step and a thump in your chest, eager to bang the drum for what deserves to be one of the year's real word-of-mouth hits.
January 16, 2015
Chazelle, training a keen eye on the proceedings, seems to delight in the spectacle of relentless punishment.
January 16, 2015
What gives the film such a kick, in spite of its improbabilities, is its raw and brutal but also very subtle portrayal of the shifting, attritional relations between teacher and student, sorcerer and apprentice.
January 16, 2015
I suggest you take a defibrillator to Whiplash, since the chances of a heart attack or spontaneous combustion during viewing are high.
January 16, 2015
Whiplash moves at a whipcrack pace that takes its rhythmic cues from drumming (some of the cuts are as fast as the beats in a Buddy Rich solo).
January 16, 2015
Few relationships in recent cinema have been quite so compelling. Bring a welder's mask to ward off sparks.
January 16, 2015
Whiplash is an extraordinarily taut, accomplished piece of work for a debut feature. It's also unusual in having such a definite point to make - albeit perhaps a pretty objectionable one.
January 15, 2015
The film offers dark, ripsnorting fun if not, necessarily, an accurate portrait of life and times at premium music colleges.
January 15, 2015
If Facebook's Marc Zuckerberg took jazz drumming lessons from Dr Hannibal Lecter, the result might look like this.
January 4, 2015
It's the work of an accomplished talent.
January 4, 2015
"I push people beyond what's expected of them," Simmons tells Teller. "I believe that's an absolute necessity." You might say the same about the film.
January 4, 2015
If Chazelle's primary objective was simply to present two grossly exaggerated and unsympathetic characters, then he's succeeded in some style.
January 4, 2015
The movie swings - physically, musically, psychologically, racially.
January 4, 2015
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.
January 4, 2015
Such a cooked-up piece of claptrap that I half expected Darth Vader to pick up the baton.
January 4, 2015
'Whiplash' is electric from beginning to end, a musical story of obsession, frustration and outright cruelty built on two knockout performances.
January 4, 2015
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.
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