Whiplash

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Synopsis

Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability-and his sanity.

Cast

  • Miles Teller
  • J.K. Simmons
  • Paul Reiser
  • Melissa Benoist
  • Austin Stowell
  • Nate Lang
  • Chris Mulkey
  • Damon Gupton
  • Suanne Spoke
  • Max Kasch

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Metacritic

100
Oct 10, 2014

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.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Slate
80
Jan 22, 2014

The antithesis of “let’s-put-on-a-show” fluff, Whiplash...is about the wages of all-out sacrifice and commitment.

Metacritic review by Todd McCarthy
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
85
Jan 20, 2014

[An] unusually unromantic approach to music education is one of many noteworthy things about Whiplash, a funny, exhilarating drama — bordering on psychological thriller.

Eric D. Snider
Film.com