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Inside Llewyn Davis

Drama . Music

In Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, gifted but volatile folk musician Llewyn Davis struggles with money, relationships, and his uncertain future following the suicide of his singing partner.

Actors: Oscar Isaac , Carey Mulligan , Justin Timberlake , Jerry Grayson , Robin Bartlett , Max Casella , Adam Driver , Ethan Phillips , Jeanine Serralles , Garrett Hedlund
Directors: Ethan Coen , Joel Coen
Country: USA , UK , FRANCE
Release: 2014-01-10
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  • Philip Kemp

    The Coen brothers on top sardonic form with a winning tale of an incorrigible loser. Hits the right note on every level, from period vibe to performance (human and feline).

    Total Film Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The Coens fashion an atmospheric descent for Llewyn, a meticulous re-creation of Greenwich Village's folk scene in 1961, around the time Bob Dylan hit town.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    As flawless as any film this year and rock-solid confirmation that Joel and Ethan Coen are the greatest filmmakers working in America (and perhaps anywhere else) today.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Inside Llewyn Davis plays like some beautiful, foreboding, darkly funny dream.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    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.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    What Inside Llewyn Davis is all about: the passion, and the pain, of being an artist.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Dan Jolin

    Inside Llewyn Davis throbs with melancholy, hunches under heavy skies, revels in music history's unsexiest scene and unapologetically leaves you dangling. It is also beautiful, heartfelt and utterly enthralling.

    Empire Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    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 it is deeply felt. It is also one of their best.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    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
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    For my money, the 33-year-old Isaac – who was born in Guatemala, raised in Florida, and has been working his way toward stardom for years – gives the year’s breakout performance, and Inside Llewyn Davis is one of the Coens’ richest, strangest and most potent films. Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    While the bleak, funny, exquisitely made Inside Llewyn Davis echoes familiar themes and narrative journeys, it also goes its own way and becomes a singular experience, one of their best films.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    An evocative vision of self-destruction, a gorgeously crafted time capsule, and a fantastic showcase for Oscar Isaac in the title role.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    This is not a biopic, it’s a Coen brothers movie, which is to say a brilliant magpie’s nest of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship. To put it another way, it’s a folk tale.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    But mainly, it’s the film’s folk music that roots in the heart like a faraway lure.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Although the Coens are consummate craftsmen, they don't always show the lightness of touch or the depth of feeling they do here.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    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.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    Brilliantly written, terrifically acted, superbly designed and shot; it's a sweet, sad, funny picture about the lost world of folk music which effortlessly immerses us in the period.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    This is instant A-list Coens; enigmatic, exhilarating, irresistible.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • 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 consistently relatable, unmistakably human presence — a reminder that humility and genius rarely make for comfortable bedfellows.

    Variety Full Review
  • 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, unlike some of his contemporaries, can’t transcend his abundant character flaws and remake himself as someone else.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • 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 that can inspire great art.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Ian Buckwalter

    In a movie set up to trap us within Llewyn's repetitive loop of failure, baiting us with hope before quashing it with quiet desperation again and again, something more than comic relief is needed to soften the blow a little, and the film's musical interludes are that pillow.

    NPR Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    It’s a character piece, and one of the best and most understated movies I’ve ever seen about the grieving process. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    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. So many movies are emblazoned with happy faces; this one wears its sadness, and its snarl, proudly.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    With Inside Llewyn Davis, they've made a film that is almost spooky in its perversity: a lovingly lived-in, detailed tribute to the folk scene that — hauntingly — has shut their hero out.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    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.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Despite its atmosphere of failure and melancholy, Inside Llewyn Davis is ultimately a dark valentine to both its hero and his milieu.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The film's centerpiece is Mr. Isaac's phenomenal performance. He's an actor, first and foremost, who is also a musician.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Where Barton Fink sometimes resembled a horror movie, Inside Llewyn Davis plays like an elegy. Its conclusions are more regretful than angry, and while the conflict between art and commerce is no less central, there’s much more emphasis on that conflict’s personal toll.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is an exquisitely crafted tale of woe with heartfelt early-sixties folk music — and an overarching snottiness.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Shot in winter grays with no warming ambers and the whiff of tuberculosis hanging around all the players, Inside Llewyn Davis is a chilly thing – a nominal comedy in brisk shivers.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    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.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Folk standards such "500 Miles," "The Death of Queen Anne" and "Dink's Song" infuse the movie, and as in the Coens' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" T Bone Burnett has done first-rate work supervising the musical landscape. The film, I think, falls just a tick or two below the Coens' best work, which for me lies inside "A Serious Man" and "Fargo."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • 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 is terrific.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    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.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    As played by an eloquently beleaguered Oscar Isaac, Llewyn Davis is arguably the most vivid and complex character the Coens have dreamed up since Marge Gunderson.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Beautifully shot by Amélie cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, Inside Llewyn Davis is instantly recognizable as the work of its sibling auteurs. But it’s also something of a departure — looser and more rambling than the average Coen concoction, with a lovingly recreated period setting.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Inside Llewyn Davis isn't as goofy as 2008's "Burn After Reading," nor as solemn as 2009's "A Serious Man," but it's an embraceable film just the same.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    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.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • James Adams

    Inside Llewyn Davis only really kicks into gear at its 55-minute mark. Unsurprisingly, this occurs with the arrival of Coen venerable John Goodman, playing an acerbic jazz hipster who has little truck with the folk idiom but a large appetite for heroin.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The Coens, with this film, are like people who fly all the way to Paris on vacation and then eat at McDonalds every night, because that's what they know. Why bother making the trip at all?

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This is adult drama with an impeccable sense of period and a strong focus on character. With today's cinema sadly lacking in movies like this, it makes Inside Llewyn Davis all the more welcome, especially for those who care about the kind of music it honors.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • 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 acted, gorgeously shot and altogether captivating.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The Coens, so cutting to so many of their characters, are gentler with Llewyn, inviting us to wander and wonder along with him as he ponders why he must forever play the jerk.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Inside Llewyn Davis is more deserving of a Grammy than an Oscar. Problematic movie, great album.

    Time Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    The movie is so “interior,” it so zeroes in on Isaac and his baleful stare, that we’re relieved any time something overtly funny happens.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
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  • folk music

  • performance

  • aspiring singer

  • new york city

  • recording

  • merchant marine

  • 1960s

  • black comedy

  • reference to the brooklyn bridge manhattan new york city

  • car hitting an animal

  • singer

  • folk singer

  • friend

  • winter

  • couch

  • guitar

  • musician

  • couchsurfing

  • in medias res

  • three word title

  • search

  • loser

  • handcuffs

  • flashlight

  • classical music

  • circular staircase

  • reference to mesoamerica

  • reference to macdougal street manhattan new york city

  • gaslight cafe manhattan new york city

  • accidentally locked out of an apartment

  • selling a house

  • little boy

  • silvertone guitar

  • lost cat

  • reference to ortovsky

  • reference to murfreesboro tennessee

  • upper west side manhattan new york city

  • cold the temperature

  • punched in the face

  • hit in the face

  • cooking

  • falling asleep while driving

  • fog

  • welsh

  • storytelling

  • reference to downing street manhattan new york city

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  • reference to drink to me only with thine eyes the song

  • photograph

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  • breakfast cereal

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  • reference to the brig the play

  • waitress

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  • moussaka

  • electrical tape

  • washington square manhattan new york city

  • intercom

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  • reference to elinera arkansas

  • penis slur

  • arrest

  • highway patrolman

  • knocking on a car window

  • kicking

  • husband wife relationship

  • reference to new jersey

  • train depot

  • listening to a car radio

  • listening to music

  • union dues

  • policeman

  • police car

  • diner

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  • reference to the new york times

  • reference to grandma moses

  • heckler

  • uncle nephew relationship

  • theatrical agent

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  • crying

  • reference to cincinnati ohio

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  • looking out a window

  • chase

  • pursuit

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  • fire escape

  • toilet stall

  • men's bathroom

  • snoring

  • sleeping

  • reading aloud

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  • reference to harry james

  • elevator

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  • boxer shorts

  • milk

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  • contract

  • reference to flash gordon

  • reference to john glenn

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  • underwear

  • alley

  • beating

  • reference to jesus christ

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  • sunglasses

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  • columbia records

  • columbia university manhattan new york city

  • backpack

  • reference to ulysses

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  • secretary

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  • condom

  • restaurant

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  • eating

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  • snowing

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  • liar

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  • telephone call

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  • coat

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  • cigarette smoking

  • u.s. soldier

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  • drinking

  • drink

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  • filling station

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  • reference to elvis presley

  • chicago illinois

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  • applause

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  • ginger cat

  • sociology professor

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  • no opening credits

  • suicide

  • driving a car

  • reference to bob dylan

  • brother sister relationship

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  • jewish

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  • unwanted pregnancy

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  • title appears in writing

  • greenwich village manhattan new york city

  • year 1961

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  • recording studio

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  • hitchhiking

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  • entering through a window

  • subway

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  • song

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  • guitar playing

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  • title spoken by character

  • character name in title

  • penis