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4,535 Ratings


Directed by Damien Chazelle
United States, 2014
Drama, Music


A promising, young music student who specializes in the drums enters a highly competitive conservatory where he clashes with a verbally abusive instructor, played by J.K. Simmons in an Oscar-winning turn.

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Whiplash Directed by Damien Chazelle

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | Directors' Fortnight

Academy Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

2015 | 3 wins including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Sundance Film Festival

2014 | 2 wins including: Grand Jury Prize (U.S. Dramatic Competition)

What are people saying?

  • Eleanor Abernathy's rating of the film Whiplash

    musical equivalent of the first half of full metal jacket. a tension that never stops. my biggest issue with the movie was the homophobic-laced language which, honestly, we don't need anymore to make a point.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Whiplash

    Best mouthed 'fuck you' in film history, period. Guy was a winner's winner. Course he'd never been able to pull off that sprint to the gig, but for the sake of humiliating the bald douche, it made 'sense' & it was orgasmic. Dude could Really play. If I loved drummers before, now I kinda worship'em. Great movie. Deserved the hype. (Also: i could tell that the girl had found a new BF just from the tone of her voice :P)

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Whiplash

    Damien Chazelle is not interested in losers. Those who fail are quickly forgotten and join the multitude of normal people (I'm afraid I'm part of this crowd). So the Genius is a solitary man who sacrifices everything to achieve his goal. No problem with me as long as we stay in the artistic domain. But it's another story if one applies the same philosophy in politics for instance. Think about it! Highly recommended.

  • galuh indri's rating of the film Whiplash

    The thing about art for me is you need to have a rebel soul, and doesn't necessarily need to be violent related. You see art don't have certain rules - its about finding your own voice. That's rebel. I find this movie succeed in telling that.

  • Altair D.T's rating of the film Whiplash

    "Estaba ahí para empujar a la gente más allá de lo esperado, pienso que es una necesidad absoluta. Si no, le estamos negando al mundo el siguiente Louis Armstrong, el siguiente Charlie Parker y se preguntan por qué el jazz está muriendo, te digo, no hay dos palabras más dañinas en el idioma que "buen trabajo” vertiginosa historia de un músico con matices intensos que giran entorno al mundo de la música

  • Ghostman's rating of the film Whiplash

    Amoral, condones emotional and psychological abuse to ensure 'genius'. More like stupidity if you ask me. If you look up how most genius in their fields became said geniuses, you'll see they became geniuses through encouragement, support, passion, and sympathy for said person and their work; not if you beat them into submission and will them to become geniuses. That doesn't work, that's just how you break people.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film Whiplash

    Due to its conspicuous lack of swing, Whiplash fails to mean a thing. It will, however -- fair warning, spoiler alerts be damned, this is a matter of safety -- throw a number of cymbals at your head, so if your reflexes are slow, you might want to watch something a little less brutal, like Full Metal Jacket or something. But for all I know you're the next Charlie Parker; in that case, duck.

  • N. C.'s rating of the film Whiplash

    People keeping quoting Fletcher like he was god or something, but he is a shit person. "Good movie. But i dislike the general message. I mean, you cant ruin many lifes in order to create one imaginery "genius". In addition, i dont think real geniuses need someone to force their limits."

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