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Based on 47 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 31 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    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? show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    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. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

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

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

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

  • 100
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

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

  • 100
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 95
    Jordan Hoffman

    It’s a character piece, and one of the best and most understated movies I’ve ever seen about the grieving process. show more

  • 95
    Ian Buckwalter NPR

    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. show more

  • 100
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    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. show more

  • February 07, 2014 pk00000000180582
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    not compelling at all. an absolute bore. written like it was written by the pool while drunk. \"let\'s write a move to make money\". garbage

  • February 03, 2014 gmcg11
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    It is like the trek for a self-published author who took 20 years to write his war story. The book ends up in a box in his tiny bedroom, squeezed in beside his over-sized bed, facing no pictures on the wall. It ends in a circle like some existential movies. At least it ends. A downer no doubt.

  • January 27, 2014 ballyhoorm
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    Excellent movie but meant for East Coast markets that appreciate New York settings and character development. If you are looking for outrageous scenes like in Hustle and Wall Street, see somehing else. I thought it was one of the best of the year.

  • January 26, 2014 coryliv
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    absolutely hated it, shouldn\'t have been connected to Dave Van Ronk or any of the folk singers of that era, hopefully some other director will pick up on the attention its gotten and film something that actually relates to the era. No story, no joy, a real bummer.

  • January 25, 2014 Ms. Dragon
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    Blah. Spent the whole movie waiting for something to happen. Good guitar work, two good songs. Think the professional reviewers regard B&W as \'artistic.\" Again, blah.

  • January 25, 2014 stewart5
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    Vivid characterization reminiscent of Marge in \"Fargo.\' Loved the end/beginning/end sequence - brilliant. Isaac and Goodman outstanding, others good as well. Add to Coen variety pack!

  • January 19, 2014 rongnan
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    Excellent biopic of a self-absorbed loser. It\'s supposedly Dave Van Ronk, a Village fixture of the times. Jim and Jean were real folkies, well-depicted here, tho Jean Ray may want to sue over the pregnancy bit, and her portrayal as a real b*tch. the actress is not near as pretty as the real Jean

  • January 19, 2014 cla.connie
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    This movie was total CRAP. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY on this DOG.

  • January 16, 2014 Cindy
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    the worst, are you serious, boring movie with the main character who is a total loser which I did not care a bit about - Coen brothers - what is wrong with you??

  • January 29, 2014 Patricia
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    Bought the soundtrack CD. To those who complained about the music, I will concede that the songs were better within the context of the movie. I'm not sure if all of the songs made it on the album. 4 out of 14 are still very good, and the previously unreleased Bob Dylan song is enjoyable.


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