Inside Llewyn Davis

2013, Music/Comedy, 1h 44m

286 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form. Read critic reviews

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In 1961 New York City, folk singer Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is at a crossroads. Guitar in hand, he struggles against seemingly insurmountable obstacles to make a name for himself in the music world, but so far, success remains elusive. Relying on the kindness of both friends and strangers, Llewyn embarks on an odyssey that takes him from the streets of Greenwich Village to a Chicago club, where awaits a music mogul who could give him the big break that he desperately needs.

Cast & Crew

Oscar Isaac
Llewyn Davis
John Goodman
Roland Turner
Ethan Phillips
Mitch Gorfein
Robin Bartlett
Lillian Gorfein
Max Casella
Poppy Corsicatto
Stark Sands
Troy Nelson
Joel Coen
Director
Joel Coen
Screenwriter
Ethan Coen
Screenwriter
Joel Coen
Producer
Robert Graf
Executive Producer
Olivier Courson
Executive Producer
Ron Halpern
Executive Producer
Bruno Delbonnel
Cinematographer
Jess Gonchor
Production Design
Deborah Jensen
Art Director
Susan Bode
Set Decoration
Mary Zophres
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All Critics (286) | Top Critics (77) | Fresh (263) | Rotten (23)

  • ... the pretentiousness is overwhelming, which is unfortunate because the outline has potential to be a great Coen brothers film but ultimately becomes weighed down by its own emotions.

    September 6, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • The direction is pitch-perfect; the characters unique and eccentric yet fully realised and the script, woven with absurdist comedy, a marvel

    September 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • They beautifully and convincingly recreate the streets and coffee shops where he dwells, and seem intoxicated with the look and feel of those surroundings.

    June 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Inside Llewyn Davis is a darkly funny film that recreates the texture of the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961, and for those of us who love the Coens' meandering storytelling style, it's a masterpiece.

    April 13, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Isaac's folk-singing Llewyn Davis may be an arrogant loser and the butt of a cosmic joke but he's something more than a cartoon. So is the movie ...

    December 31, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Where O Brother's picaresque was all sepia, bluegrass, hayseed slapstick and family reunion, this film offers a stringent voyage of overcast skies, melancholy folk, soured relationships and no direction home.

    February 6, 2014 | Full Review…

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  • Sep 13, 2017
    The Coen Brothers helm another musical piece ("O Brother Where Art Thou"), that uses the music as a backdrop to assess the American reality versus the American Dream. Their hero is honest to a fault, an ugly fault (and aware of that same, and proud of it) earnestly trying to live to a higher standard, failed by the people around him, and worst, failed by his own weaknesses. Remember those pictures by Margaret Keane of sad, big eyed waifs caught in eternal drift? This is the cinematic equivalent, and indeed, the spirit is touching.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 29, 2016
    One of my favourite movies. Great performance from Oscar Isaac who carries whole movie. Movie is filled with great songs and some funny moments. Cinematography is beautiful. Wonderful movie, it is a must see. It is a modern classic.
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  • Aug 03, 2016
    Even when they aren't making all-time classics, films by the brothers Coen are still entertaining or interesting, well "Inside Llewyn Davis" is the first I would categorize as boring. Given their previous affinity shown for 1930s bluegrass music in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" it should come as no surprise that they have a similar affection for 1950s & '60s pre-Dylan folk music which takes center stage throughout this film, I would say nearly a dozen songs are performed to near completion. That's an awful lot of music to sit through in any movie if you're not as enamored as the filmmakers, I find it pleasant but also pretty dull. Similarly, the story of Llewyn Davis is also fairly inconsequential as he reaches a crossroads in his life, to try and press on as a folk musician or find a more steady income. This is a film about missed opportunities and unfortunate timing, but the Coen's screenplay lacks the arresting, unforgettable scenes we are accustomed to experiencing. Same goes for the absence of memorable oddball side characters, only an elevator conductor and John Goodman as a pompous, insulting asshole stand out, while Carey Mulligan scores a few points with her acidic tone towards Llewyn.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2016
    Darkly funny and melancholic, Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the strongest entries into the Coen brothers resume - and shows it's actors on the top of their form with spectacular performances. The look of the film is also to be admired, with a visual style that is both cold and beautiful.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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