Inside Llewyn Davis


Inside Llewyn Davis

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

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  • Cold exteriors and warm interiors combine in the Coen brothers' rhapsodic portrait of a '60s folk singer.

    Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Dec 24, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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).

    Dec 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The Coen brothers have crafted another unique period piece.

    Dec 20, 2013 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Celebrating and mourning a bygone moment, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a tuneful wake intended to arouse us from our slumber to desires worth remembering.

    Dec 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4

Audience Reviews for Inside Llewyn Davis

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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

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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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