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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential.


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

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Oct 16, 2014

The music is brilliant, Chazelle’s writing and directing are something to behold, Teller is really good — and Simmons delivers one of the most memorable performances of the year.

Metacritic review by Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 10, 2014

I don’t get the enthusiasm for this movie, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, which is such a cooked-up piece of claptrap that I half expected Darth Vader to pick up the baton. We’re supposed to think that Terence’s tough love is more “honest” than the usual pussyfooting tutelage, but in any sane society this guy would have been brought up on charges long ago.

Metacritic review by Peter Rainer
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Oct 8, 2014

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.

Metacritic review by Roger Moore
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service