Lists: Drama, Music, Best Picture nominee 2010 to 2019

Brief Synopsis: "Under the direction of a ruthless instructor, a talented young drummer begins to pursue perfection at any cost, even his humanity."

Overall Ranking: 18 (Rank from 2014: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 95.24%
Regular 4.76%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Kevin McCarthy100
Ben Lane100(full review)
Silver Screen Riot Matt Oakes98.5(full review)
Sober Film Critic James Brown98 - Paying homage to jazz greats like Charlie Parker, Jo Jones, and Buddy Rich. Chazelle pulls out all the stops to create this gripping yet comedic cinematic experience that will reel moviegoers in for the duration of its all too brief runtime.
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Paul's Trip To The Movies97(full review)
David Baruffi97(full review)
Stewart Hoffman97(full review)
ClairestBearest Reviews97(full review)
Gorgon Reviews97(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10196(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik95
Carly Booth93(full review)
Citizen Charlie93(full review)
RMMR Daniel Hernandez92(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest92
CineKatz Vivek90 - "Whiplash" is not about drumming, or jazz, or even about music. It's about the blood, sweat, tears, and drive it takes to achieve greatness. Like an asexual up-tempo version of "Black Swan," it's not my favorite film of the year or even of the Oscar nominations, but it's definitely the one I identify with the most. It does more to establish itself substantively than "Boyhood" and "Birdman" combined despite existing in similar thematic realms. It's straightforward, tight, fresh, exhilarating, and a *literal* slap in the face to today's grotesque self-esteem boosting participation medal "everyone wins" culture. And it doesn't need any of "Boyhood" or "Birdman"'s filmmaking gimmicks to do the trick. Those of you who were in band with me in high school might appreciate J.K. Simmons' drill sergeant conductor personality more than most, given our experiences. The only difference is that Simmons actually knows how to spit swears. He's amazing. And finally Miles Teller gets to shine in a film actually worth remembering.
Sean Kelly90(full review)
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread87(full review)
Bryan Lienesch86 - Together Damien Chazelle, J.K. Simmons, and Miles Teller have created a film here that redefines the word "intensity".
Lisa Marie Bowman86 - J.K. Simmons kicks ass.
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Dan O'Neill80(full review)

People Involved

  • Miles Teller ()
  • J.K. Simmons (Terence Fletcher)
  • Melissa Benoist (Nicole)
  • Austin Stowell (Ryan)
  • Jayson Blair (Travis)
  • Kavita Patil (Sophie)
  • (Director)
  • (Director)
  • Damien Chazelle (Director)