(2014)

Critic Reviews

88

Metascore

Based on 49 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
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.
100
A thrilling and propulsive drama.
100
The script and Simmons, known for TV's “The Closer” and as tantrum-tossing editor J. Jonah Jameson in “Spider-Man,” make Fletcher a monster, and then look for ways of explaining him.
100
The exhilarating, inventive and suspenseful story hinges on a pair of commanding performances.
100
However genius may flourish, you know it when you see it, and Whiplash is it.
91
Revealing both the dangers and payoffs of artistic ambition, Whiplash is sure to establish Chazelle as a directorial force to be reckoned with.
90
Chazelle proves an exceptional builder of scenes, crafting loaded, need-to-succeed moments that grab our attention and hold it tight.
88
The thrill of watching Fletcher and Neyman's fray unfold is intensified by Damien Chazelle's attention to the craft and challenge of musicianship.
88
Beat the drums for a Simmons Oscar, and add a cymbal crash for Whiplash. It's electrifying.
85
[An] unusually unromantic approach to music education is one of many noteworthy things about Whiplash, a funny, exhilarating drama - bordering on psychological thriller.
83
The quest to be the best is a familiar film story, but if director-writer Chazelle has achieved anything here, it's a deeply and richly different take on that journey-not only examining the cost of struggle but the reward of it, showing both what it takes to be great and what happens when you don't have it.
80
It's rare to see a film about music that professes its love for the music and its characters equally.
80
Chazelle's film has a sharp and gripping rhythm, with shots, beautifully edited by Tom Cross (Crazy Heart, Wrong Turn), often cutting to the crash of Andrew's drums.
80
The antithesis of “let's-put-on-a-show” fluff, Whiplash...is about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment.
80
Whiplash scrapes the far edge of crazy passion. It never apologizes.
80
Wall Street Journal
It also happens to feature a pair of performances that eclipse all else around them.
80
Teller delivers a career-making performance as Andrew Neyman, a 19-year-old jazz drummer who wants to be great. Like Buddy Rich great.
75
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.

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