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GrooveRemote's avatar


It's so well done, but I couldn't bring myself to like it given the way it ended. Beyond being honestly somwhat bored throughout most of it (as others have mentioned, it's pretty cliched), the ending gives out all the wrong vibes. spoiler So, yeah, thouroughly disquieting. And please keep in mind that I just saw it. I may soften up on it with time. As of now, it made me feel sick after the one scene I shouldn't have.

Just remember, kids, don't just push yourself, do it so hard you get into a car accident!
3 years 4 months ago
aussieflickfan's avatar


Really good, though as a drummer myself, I wished the editing of the playing sections had been better. That is nit picking, though.
6 years 4 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


What a friend of mine called Rocky with a drum kit, and I couldn't come up with anything more clever than that. It's got great music, of course, and J.K. Simmons' performance is a great as they say it is. I want to coach improv the same way he does jazz - and I realize I almost already do, give or take some of the abuse; I do believe you need to push someone hard if they're going to be great - even though the film is somewhat ambivalent about his methods. Or is it? Maybe not so much. If anything, it makes true genius terrifying, whether you seek it, or know somehow who has it. That said, it's not a complex picture. The story is simple and the subplots don't necessarily lead anywhere. In that sense, it's a lot like its thesis - some things are just not important if you pursue your goal as single-mindedly as its protagonists do.
6 years 7 months ago
zombierobo's avatar


I dont know anything about music except to listen and enjoy it. So, much of the film didnt make any sense to me. Enjoyed the Music and the tension between the student and the teacher.
4 years 5 months ago
DisneyStitch's avatar


The movie has a truckload of great things going for it but one of the things that really stuck out for me was the flow of the scenes and the plot. The scenes are nearly seamless, it just feels so natural and organic the way the movie goes through its motions not unlike a selection of finely tuned music.

The themes of the thirst for fame are well handled and stirs up some really interesting emotions. A reminder that glory is always fleeting no matter how hard or how long you hold on.
4 years 8 months ago
Duke of Omnium's avatar

Duke of Omnium

The first two thirds proceed like a combination of "Showgirls on Drums meets The Karate Kid on Drums". The third act takes it down a different path, before the standard, but beautifully executed ending.
4 years 9 months ago
Reira-chan's avatar


Bloody brilliant!
5 years ago
Sarahx30stm's avatar


Absolutely, without a doubt a great film. Watch it on a big screen with good (and loud) speakers to experience it at its best.
5 years 7 months ago
Earring72's avatar


Terrific drama about jazz and obsession!!! Really good!
5 years 8 months ago
zheller667's avatar


A David Fincher style thriller built around a drum set
6 years 1 month ago
MarthaMay's avatar


A really stellar contribution to the long tradition of mentors-from-hell type movies that include The Red Shoes, Black Swan and such.

"It's essentially a music tuition movie that plays out like a war movie. It's Full Metal Hi-Hat." - Mark Kermode
6 years 11 months ago
BadFluffy's avatar


Much needed proof that a movie can be outstanding if the writing, directing and acting are top notch and that it doesn't need millions in special effects or action scenes to hold your attention. 9/10
6 years 11 months ago
Tiago Costa's avatar

Tiago Costa

My mind exploded watching this movie.

My heart is still pounding.

My body is still shivering.

I saw Whiplash almost 24 hours ago.
6 years 11 months ago
slackhead's avatar


"Are you rushing or are you dragging?"
6 years 12 months ago
Dewsions's avatar


I really have no words, such an intense journey and filled with a mixture of emotions.
6 years 12 months ago

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