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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. Read critic reviews

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Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing the young man's life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and his sanity.

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  • Feb 12, 2017
    Bolstered by magnetic performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, Whiplash is a dark, intense, and most of all thought provoking look into the idea of greatness. The dazzling editing allows the music to flow through the scenes like butter, allowing for one of the best finales in recent film history.
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  • Nov 04, 2016
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2016
    This movie is one of the movie that left me speechless. Brilliant performace from J. K. Simmons. Miles Teller is great too. I honestly did not want this movie to end.
    Marin ? Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2016
    Whiplash reminds audiences that a powerful drama requires little more than two titanic performances on a simple set. JK Simmons delivers the performance of his lifetime by channeling all of the menace of his HBO roots. The directorial work is also topnotch and technically outstanding. Captivating long shots and masterfully executed camera work draws the audience into this brilliant study into obsession. The movie maintains a nearly relentless pace throughout without losing an ounce of its allure. A simply breathtaking study in how carefully chosen scenes and razor sharp dialogue can do true justice to a film's message and theme. A must see movie and a true classic in the making.
    Shane S Super Reviewer

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