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Damien Chazelle

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About the Movie

Andrew Neiman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Terence Fletcher, an instructor known equally for his teaching talents and his terrifying methods, discovers Andrew and transfers him into his band. Andrew’s passion to achieve perfection soon spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability and his sanity.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 275
  • Fresh: 258
  • Rotten: 17
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It would be an insult to call Chazelle a "promising" filmmaker, as this movie doesn't indicate mere potential - it is evidence of authentic, sometimes blazing talent. – Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 4, 2015

Fresh: 'Whiplash' is electric from beginning to end, a musical story of obsession, frustration and outright cruelty built on two knockout performances. – Tom Long, Detroit News, Jan 4, 2015

Fresh: 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, Aug 16, 2016

Fresh: Chazelle, training a keen eye on the proceedings, seems to delight in the spectacle of relentless punishment. – Calum Marsh, Sight and Sound, Jan 16, 2015

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Customer Reviews


This is hands down one of the best films I have seen all year!!

Good Movie

i just seen this movie today and it was WAY better then i thought it was going to be


The acting is superb! It’s filmed, not like a drama, but almost like a thriller. The ending is one of the greatest you’ll ever see.