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  Whiplash Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
8.44 /10
Miles Teller , J.K.Simmons , Melissa Benoist
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Directed by: Damian Chazelle
Written by: Damian Chazelle

Released: 2014
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 107

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A thrilling and propulsive drama.
(Kyle Smith, New York Post)
Whiplash is, at its core, about jazz - that smoothest, mellowest of American art forms. But don't let that fool you. Writer-director Damien Chazelle's impressive sophomore effort is about as rock 'n' roll as a movie about jazz can possibly be.
(Mike Scott, New Orleans Times-Picayune)
Teller plays notes all over the emotional chart, dovetailing into a divine riff on ambition. And he does nearly all of Andrew's drumming, aggressively and impressively so.
(Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times)
It is one of those scorching films that burns through emotions, uses up actors, wrings out audiences. And the jazz, well, it has its own moments of brutal, breathtaking fusion. Read full review
(Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times)
The exhilarating, inventive and suspenseful story hinges on a pair of commanding performances.
(Claudia Puig, USA Today)
Although a couple of narrative twists late on threaten to drum us into melodrama, Chazelle never misses a beat and the film builds to a cathartic crescendo.
(John Bleasdale, CineVue)
Whiplash scrapes the far edge of crazy passion. It never apologizes.
(Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York)
Revealing both the dangers and payoffs of artistic ambition, Whiplash is sure to establish Chazelle as a directorial force to be reckoned with.
(Emma Myers, Indiewire)
The question is: how much should one talented but sensitive individual be willing to suffer for his art at the hands of one brilliant but terrifying bully? The two stars are fully committed to the concept that the pursuit of perfection doesn’t always triumph, and the film pounds in the temples with the feverish tempo of a jazz riff.
(Rex Reed, New York Observer)
Even if you couldn’t care less about jazz drumming, though, Whiplash is a thrill to watch. Underneath that taut, stylish surface, it’s really a movie about the perils of pedagogy, about the relationship between a passionate (perhaps too passionate) student and a demanding (perhaps too demanding) teacher. Which is to say, a movie about a uniquely powerful and potentially destructive form of love.
(Dana Stevens, Slate)
Directing with a cool, steady hand that renounces shaky-cam the way Fletcher would denounce rock ‘n roll, and getting strong performances from his two leads, Chazelle provides a potent metaphor for artistic ambition as both a religion and an addiction.
(Richard Corliss, Time)
It's rare to see a film about music that professes its love for the music and its characters equally. Read full review
(Henry Barnes, Guardian)
Marches to the beat of its own drum… Lands with a bang… There just aren’t enough musical cliches to describe Whiplash. A masterclass in technique, power and rhythm, it stings and sings like nothing else.
(Paul Bradshaw, Total Film)
Sum up the plot and it sounds interminable. Watch the film and it will spit you out elated, exhausted and cheering for an encore.
(Olly Richards, Empire)

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