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Inside Llewyn Davis Reviews

December 24, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 23, 2013
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).
December 20, 2013
The Coen brothers have crafted another unique period piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 20, 2013
Celebrating and mourning a bygone moment, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a tuneful wake intended to arouse us from our slumber to desires worth remembering.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2013
You don't end up rooting for Llewyn Davis because there's not much to root for. And this imparts a weird sort of impersonality or cold-bloodedness to the film's core.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2013
In the end you feel Llewyn's pain even as you realize he is a pain. Llewyn Davis is nobody you'd want to be inside.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 20, 2013
Inside Llewyn Davis plays like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 19, 2013
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is a transporting cinematic experience with a churl at its center, and how you feel about the movie may depend on how you feel about the churl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2013
This soulful, unabashedly lyrical film is best enjoyed by sinking into it like a sweet, sad dream. When you wake up, a mythical place and time will have disappeared forever. But you'll know that attention - briefly, beautifully - has been paid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 19, 2013
If it weren't for a single forced, cheap scatological gag, I'd call this the Coens' most nearly perfect film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 19, 2013
Isaac, who also shared the screen with Mulligan in "Drive," may remind some moviegoers of the young Al Pacino. And like Pacino, he has a gift for being appealing even when he's unpleasant.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 19, 2013
When the Coen brothers commit to something, there's no half-stepping. Every street corner bristles with authenticity. Every song lands exactly where and how it should.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 19, 2013
Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens' smallest movies - this one doesn't have the broad appeal of True Grit or No Country For Old Men - but like Llewyn's music, it comes from the heart and is deeply felt. It is also one of their best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 19, 2013
The whims of fate and vagaries of artistic success have never been so clearly defined, or so musically.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 19, 2013
It's about a sensitive, confused young man in desperate pain, negotiating an identity crisis during an important moment in American cultural history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 18, 2013
It never becomes more than one scene, followed by the next, and then another. Yet those scenes are easy to watch, and they have the Coens' signature humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2013
Some quibbles. But it's well worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 13, 2013
There's not much of a plot to speak of, just a piercing, evocative sense of a time and place and the characters contained within it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 12, 2013
The sad-funny story of a stubborn, talented Greenwich Village folk singer becomes a stunning, tragicomic paradigm of an artist's struggle in America.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 10, 2013
The film is a work of deceptive refrigeration. The character lacks the same sentiment and warmth as the men who created him.
December 6, 2013
This isn't a rags-to-riches story. There's no great moment of catharsis. In fact, the filmmakers openly flout mainstream expectations when they show a certain highway sign then proceed to ignore the location shown on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 6, 2013
Llike almost all of their films, the Coens' new movie has a great and playful sense of incident, cramming in characters and anecdotes that obviously amuse the brothers without serving any specific narrative purpose - yet make the narrative all the richer.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 6, 2013
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is the most satisfyingly diabolical cinematic structure that the Coens have ever contrived, and that's just one reason that I suspect it may be their best movie yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 5, 2013
[Davis] doesn't seem to possess the inner life that an artist has to bring to the surface.
December 5, 2013
In top form, Joel and Ethan Coen offer up feel-bad experiences that, like fine blues medleys, make you feel good (although with an acidulous aftertaste). Inside Llewyn Davis is one of their best.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 5, 2013
In addition to everything else, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is very much a roman clef about those early folk years, with many of its characters inspired by real people the Coens reconstitute after viewing them through their very particular lens.
December 5, 2013
If you love the Coens, or follow folk music, or hold fast to this period of history and that patch of New York, then the film can hardly help striking a chord.
December 5, 2013
"Inside Llewyn Davis" is one of the Coens' richest, strangest and most potent films.
December 5, 2013
The Coen brothers' latest is one of their best, a bittersweet rumination on creative ambition and youthful dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2013
For all its grim pessimism, Inside Llewyn Davis is almost romantic in its way. It's an enigmatic parable about ambition and failure, about the loneliness and insecurity of trying to live as an artist.
December 5, 2013
The brothers challenge their audience to find the vanishingly fine line between nervous laughter at Llewyn's relatable human foibles and schadenfreude over the notion that his defeats represent a morally just comeuppance ...
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
December 5, 2013
A bleak but lovely little parable about the failure of a Greenwich Village folk singer in the weeks before Bob Dylan hits town and Everything Changes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 5, 2013
The film's centerpiece is Mr. Isaac's phenomenal performance.
December 5, 2013
One thing's for sure about this raw provocation from the Coens: Like the music, the pain runs deep and true. You'll laugh till it hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 5, 2013
It's a must-see - as long as you're willing to embrace the movie's melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 5, 2013
It's a Coen brothers movie, which is to say a brilliant magpie's nest of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship.
Top Critic
December 5, 2013
Twenty-some years after Barton Fink, the Coens have returned with another comedy about the maddening, exasperating business of trying to make art for money. The joke is still on the artist, but the brothers aren't laughing so hard this time around.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 4, 2013
Brilliantly acted, gorgeously shot and altogether captivating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 3, 2013
The film is a heavy downer and its consistent gray-hue enhances the bleakness. But the Coen brothers never fail to weave in bits of saucy irony, giving way for essential comical moments that bring everything full-circle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 2, 2013
It's a hell of a mix of tones, but that's the challenge the Coens' movies pose: How do we reconcile their cheerfully disparate impulses? (Do we need to? We need to try.)
November 15, 2013
This isn't the cute, accessible period piece that some audiences might be expecting, but the Coens once again prove that their seemingly random and chaotic chord progressions lead somewhere wonderful.
May 28, 2013
The Coen brothers' new movie ranks with their very best in its nearly pitch-perfect balance of biting satirical humour and deep reserves of feeling.
May 23, 2013
It's the movie's profound undercurrent of sadness that gets to you.
May 22, 2013
The brothers have created a character who's hard to love and a bit of a chore to invest in for an hour and 45 minutes. Like the old songs in his repertoire, he's familiar, not new, but he quickly gets old and tiresome.
May 21, 2013
Inside Llewyn Davis is the warmest picture [the Coens have] ever made, and though it will never attract the cultlike adoration of The Big Lebowski and Fargo, or earn the serious-lit-adaptation accolades of No Country for Old Men, it's possibly their best.
May 21, 2013
One of the best and most understated movies about the grieving process.
Full Review | Original Score: A
May 20, 2013
The Coens have given us a melancholic, sometimes cruel, often hilarious counterfactual version of music history. It's a what-if imagining of a cultural also-ran that maybe tells us more about the truth than the facts themselves ever could.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
May 20, 2013
The result is a movie that neatly avoids the problems endemic to most period movies -- and biopics in particular -- in favor of a playful, evocatively subjective reality.
May 20, 2013
An outstanding fictional take on the early 1960s folk music scene from the Coen Brothers.
May 20, 2013
An ode to art for art's sake, Inside Llewyn Davis is the most innocent movie of the Coens' career, which in their case is a downright radical achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 19, 2013
The Coens bring the pre-Dylan 1960s Village to life with a spangly authenticity that leaps off the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
May 18, 2013
To call Inside Llewyn Davis a minor work doesn't render it any less a pleasure to watch; it's to admit that the film's melancholy depiction of the '60s folk scene in Greenwich Village (and beyond) may only improve in the interim.