David Jenkins’s review published on Letterboxd:
I had a feeling this would happen. I have fallen in love with this film even more upon a second viewing. So much so that I am now confident in proclaiming it to be a masterpiece in my eyes. The performances from the entire cast are top notch and while the overall tone is largely melancholic the film is still often smart and humorous. More than a handful of the musical performances were mesmerising and this is largely down to the hugely talented cast. Oscar Isaac is spectacular as Llewyn and it now seems like a travesty that he somehow missed out on some major award nominations. In a way however it is oddly fitting that the performance for a character such as Llewyn Davis has gone by unappreciated. The character himself just can't catch that one break he needs. Isaac himself however is clearly going to only go on to bigger (although not necessarily better) things from here and deservedly so.
There is just so much going on in this film that I can see myself getting something new from it upon each rewatch. The symbolism and hidden meanings to even some of the minor moments jumped out to me even more this time around. The beauty of it all to me is that there are so many different ways you can interpret everything. There are obvious clear themes running through the heart of the film but from conversations I have had or seen there are countless theories of what people interpret the film to be. Everything is executed with such subtly that the film is ingeniously clever and I have come to expect nothing less from the Coens. Personally I formed some new theories this time around such as how the cat fits into the picture and that new outlook instantly endeared the film even more to me.
'Inside Llewyn Davies' is now not only one of my favourite films of the year it could easily be one of my favourites of the last 10 years. I have a feeling I am going to be coming back to this film for years and years to come.