In 1960s New York, a struggling folk singer (Oscar Isaac) with genuine talent sets his sights on stardom, but success proves elusive.
" "Inside Llewyn Davis" is one of the Coens' richest, strangest and most potent films. "
" 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. "
" Brilliantly acted, gorgeously shot and altogether captivating. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" In addition to everything else, "Inside Llewyn Davis" is very much a roman a 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. "
" 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. "
" It's a Coen brothers movie, which is to say a brilliant magpie's nest of surrealism, period detail and pop-culture scholarship. "
" 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.) "
" It's a must-see - as long as you're willing to embrace the movie's melancholy. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" 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 ... "
" The Coen brothers' latest is one of their best, a bittersweet rumination on creative ambition and youthful dreams. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" The film's centerpiece is Mr. Isaac's phenomenal performance. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" [Davis] doesn't seem to possess the inner life that an artist has to bring to the surface. "
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