"Whiplash’s asks whether that is a fair price to pay to be immortalized as one of the greats. The eagerness with which Andrew burns up pieces of his humanity in order to stoke the fires of his talent suggests he has reached a troubling answer. More troubling still, the levitational thrill of watching his talent reach its full expression makes it more difficult to disagree than we might be comfortable with. Whiplash fearlessly tackles these complex issues while delivering electric performances and some knockout scenes of drumming. It’s powerhouse filmmaking and it announces the arrival of a major talent in Chazelle."
- from my original review