Inside Llewyn Davis Synopsis
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.
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By Kevin Jagernauth
Inside Llewyn Davis isn't about someone trying to make it big, but someone just trying to make it, and the Coens celebrate the hard road...
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Time Out London

By Dave Calhoun
The Coens have given us a melancholic, sometimes cruel, often hilarious counterfactual version of music history. It's a what-if imagining...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
This is a gorgeously made character study leavened with surrealistic dimensions both comic and dark, an unsparing look at a young man who,...
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
But mainly, it’s the film’s folk music that roots in the heart like a faraway lure.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
An evocative vision of self-destruction, a gorgeously crafted time capsule, and a fantastic showcase for Oscar Isaac in the title role.
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By Scott Foundas
Inside Llewyn Davis is a revelatory showcase for Isaac, who sings with an angelic voice and turns a potentially unlikable character into a...
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The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
Brilliantly written, terrifically acted, superbly designed and shot; it's a sweet, sad, funny picture about the lost world of folk music...
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The Telegraph

By Robbie Collin
This is instant A-list Coens; enigmatic, exhilarating, irresistible.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
This is a well-crafted look at the American folk music scene of the early 1960s, a sometimes hilarious dry comedy — and oh yeah, the music...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
As played by Oscar Isaac, he's snidely funny, world-weary and deeply sad. Though his story is enigmatic, the film itself is brilliantly...
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sub mediocre in every way

By menster1
This was a case of critics darlings the Coen bros taking a big dump of a movie, and everyone buys into it because it's The Big Lebowski, Fargo..etc.. guys.. The music was a boring , cliched,mediocre...

Very depressing.

By Sallyloper
I was looking forward to see a nostalgic movie about the '60s, but this film was very depressing. Indeed, it never showed the enormous vitality or idealism of the period -- the civil rights protests,...

A Good Movie From Great Directors

By thomdreeves
'Inside Llewyn Davis' is a beautiful film. Oscar Isaac gives an amazing performance as the struggling folk singer, his emotions taking over the screen and his music captivating the theater with each...

Tedious Bore

By attorney
How this movie made anyone's 10 best of 2013 list, I can not fathom (other than out of loyalty to the Coen brothers). Perhaps I should have realized in the opening number, which was boring, that this...

I was so excited about this film

By cynthiawrites
I waited with high anticipation for this film to be released, but quickly realized this wasn't going to be the the Cohen Bros film I anticipated. The music and singing was beautiful. But all the best...

Truly awful

By bettyhudson5
And not worthy of these two celebrated directors....there's really no plot, and the lead character is remarkably unlikable. Other comments in this page pretty much sum up the deficiencies but our...

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By djchrismillerbrookly
Very very slow, not very funny, i'd skip it. Loved Fargo & Oh Brother. That's not what your getting in this flick i'm sorry to say. You'll see what i mean after you see this and become...

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By jefffountain
VERY disappointing. the hype and ratings... is was boring, pointless. a waste of my time. and i usually love coen bros movies. i'll think twice about going to one of their movies again....

Was this a Coen Brother film?

By EvanPhilips
I am a huge fan of the Coen Brothers with few exception such as the Lady Killers remake with Tom Hanks, and Barton Fink. This by far for the first 55 minutes is a movie about a depressed penniless...

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By loopease-1
If you want to see a movie where despair and self desruction are the lead character's attributes, then you may listen to the critics. Llewyn Davis is a folk singer with no redeeming qualites, someone...

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Rated R | For language including some sexual references
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 15 & under Bleak, but lovely journey OK for older-teen music fans.
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