Written December 29, 2013
Somewhere along the line I've misplaced my effeteness. Kind of reminds me of "Who is Harry Kellerman, and...." The critics loved that one, too. "If the Coen Bros. make a movie, it must good or else we're just missing something, and we critics dare not show our un-hipness!" Somebody got took. This movie is the epitome of boring, self indulgent '60's crap.
Written February 22, 2014
I asked the other people in the theater what they thought and all hated it especially three older women, our newspaper rated it four stars so that is why they came, and totally disappointed, IT was a mess and depressing as hell. I didn't even like Llewyn Davis so it made it worse , his character was a miserable excuse for a musician.
Written December 31, 2013
Individual characters did good jobs and the NYC period was done well, but the movie isn't tied together very well. Put that with the circular element at the end and the movie literally doesn't go anywhere.
Written January 06, 2014
A fine little movie that is unlikely to make much money or win any awards -- much like its main character. Touching. Funny. Nostalgic. Not the usual popular Coen Brothers movie - no gunfire or car chases or crime. The star is just a tiny bit lackluster, but still very good. The script is superb as are almost all the supporting characters. The film comes to us freighted with all sorts of nonsense from the media. This is not a recreation of the 60s the folk scene. This is not the story of Dave Van Ronk. Not even close. But plenty of drama, humor, and lovely music. For artists and musicians, very thought-provoking.
Written December 28, 2013
Great acting by Oscar Isaac and some good music. Fun for this New Yorker to see so much of the Village, including Cafe Reggio. But if you're going to do a movie filled with unlikable characters, there better be a great story to make them watchable for over ninety minutes. In particular, the dialogue for John goodman was a mess. Big disappointment for this Coen Brothers fan.