Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Smart, funny, and profoundly melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis finds the Coen brothers in fine form.

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INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making. (c) CBS
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R (for language including some sexual references)
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Drama
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Cast

Garrett Hedlund
as Johnny Five
John Goodman
as Roland Turner
Justin Timberlake
as Jim Berkey
Alex Karpovsky
as Marty Green
Robin Bartlett
as Lillian Gorfein
Oscar Isaac
as Llewyn Davis
F. Murray Abraham
as Bud Grossman
Max Casella
as Pappi Corsicato
Jerry Grayson
as Mel Novikoff
Ethan Phillips
as Mitch Gorfein
John Ahlin
as Union Hall Man 2
Carey Mulligan
as Jean Berkey
Frank Ridley
as Union Hall Man 1
Ian Jarvis
as Cromartie
Stark Sands
as Troy Nelson
James Colby
as Cop On Road
Stephen Payne
as Mr. Hobby
Diane Findlay
as Receptionist
Bradley Mott
as Joe Flom
Charlotte Booker
as Chicago Waitress
Roberto Lopez
as Bouncer
Ian Blackman
as Studio Man
Nancy Blake
as Elizabeth Hobby
Jack A. O'Connell
as Elevator Attendant
Jake Ryan
as Danny
Bonnie Rose
as Dodi Gamble
Steve Routman
as Abortion Doctor
Adam Driver
as Al Cody
Mike Houston
as Train Station Cop
Declan Bennett
as Irish Singer
Helen Hong
as Janet Fung
Michael Rosner
as Arlen Gamble
Amelia McClain
as Oasis Waitress
Samuel Haft
as Man in Gate of Horn
Jason Shelton
as Youth in Car
Erik Hayden
as Additional Irish Singer
Daniel Everidge
as Additional Irish Singer
Jeff Takacs
as Additional Irish Singer
Benjamin Pike
as Young Bob
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All Critics (248) | Top Critics (54)

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 ...

Full Review… | December 30, 2015
Tablet
Top Critic

The unreliable, brooding Llewyn is a prickly sort, making it a challenge for his industry - and movie audiences - to fully embrace him. And yet, the talent is undeniable.

Full Review… | January 11, 2014
Us Weekly
Top Critic

This is one of the strangest yet most satisfying movie experiences of the year, one of those films in which you can't really appreciate what you've seen until it's over. You just have to trust that the trip is worth the trouble. And it is.

Full Review… | December 24, 2013
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

The broad, black humor of the Coens' early features has ripened over the years into a sadder, more philosophical brand of comedy (A Serious Man) that puts them in a class with Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch (yeah, you heard me).

Full Review… | December 22, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The Coen brothers have crafted another unique period piece.

Full Review… | December 20, 2013
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Celebrating and mourning a bygone moment, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a tuneful wake intended to arouse us from our slumber to desires worth remembering.

December 20, 2013
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Inside Llewyn Davis

½

A wonderfully melancholy character study that paints the character's state of spirit with half shadows, gorgeous folk music and a grayish cinematography, to tell an insightful story full of heart that avoids with great gusto being a conventional underdog crowd pleaser.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Perfection.

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

A quiet, slightly dark, story of a struggling folk musician. Scene by scene the film is nicely captivating, and some of the music is really good. There are hints of a "mockumentary" approach, as in the barely disguised references to popular groups of the era (LLewyn's critical comment on the Clancy Brothers look-alikes is classic: "I like their sweaters."). Definitely not a fast moving story, but an interesting one just the same. Not the best ending, in my opinion....unless they were going for "you reap what you sow" kind of ending.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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