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3.8
4,898 Ratings

Whiplash

Directed by Damien Chazelle
United States, 2014
Drama, Music

Synopsis

Andrew, a promising, young music student who specializes in the drums enters a highly competitive conservatory where he clashes with a verbally abusive instructor. Under his ruthless direction, Andrew begins to pursue perfection at any cost—even his humanity.

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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)

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | 2 wins including: Best Editing

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best Feature

It’s a nearly great film, a twisted masterpiece of sorts, about the drive to create art, and a rare film about music that seems to have been made by someone who understands the physical experience of making music: the way players in an ensemble seem to merge with the score, the conductor, and each other when they start to cook.
January 30, 2016
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This dazzling, exhilarating drama from the young American director Damien Chazelle isn’t a story about the roles played by misery and humiliation in forging a great artist. It’s a story about what happens when people believe that’s how great artists must be forged: both the mentors raining down pressure and the pupils whose souls are on the anvil.
June 16, 2015
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At his most sympathetic, Fletcher explains himself to Andrew, in what we discover is a most duplicitous moment. So what, if anything, as a mentor, does he stand for? Despite its outstanding performances, the film fails to live up to its own potential in engaging the audience in far more meaningful ways. For a film that places so much attention on Charlie Parker, a man known for taking risks in his art, Whiplash plays it all too regrettably safe.
February 25, 2015
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