Trish Douggie’s review published on Letterboxd:
One thing I can truly say the Coens have mastered is creating characters who we as an audience either feel or want to feel a connection with. Usually I find it difficult to connect on any level with an unlikable character (which is not to say that Llewyn Davis is unlikable, but he isn't exactly likable either), however Inside Llewyn Davis presents us with an array of either unlikable characters or characters with less-than-likable qualities and I found myself completely capable of caring about and connecting with all of them, each in their own way. And the funny thing is I couldn't even really explain why if I wanted to. They just each have a certain appeal in a very obscure, very peculiar way. Kind of like real people. A lot like real people, actually.
Cinematography is beautiful as always and the music is just brilliant. I swear I feel like the Coen Brothers' filmography is the secret recipe to life. With each new one I watch I see life in a whole new light than I did before. It's a feel you don't get with many directors; I mean, watch any Tarantino, Scorsese, or even Nolan film, you get a similar vibe no matter what. I find I have to be in a certain mood for them. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. But with the Coens I really can't say that any of their films share a similarity with each other. Each film is entirely distinguishable from the last. They progress, develop, just like us. And yet, somehow you always know when you're watching a film by Joel and Ethan Coen.
Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan are standouts. I've always loved them both and getting to see them play off each other so brilliantly was a privilege. John Goodman is hilarious here as always. Why is his line delivery always just so perfect?
Oh, and the cats! The cats were also--wait for it--purrrfect. Ha ha ha.
I can't say I enjoyed this one as much as some of the other Coen films, but that's just my taste. There's really nothing bad to be said about it. The only disappointment I have is having to wait however long it takes for the next one.