Live By Night
Live By Night (2017)

Ben Affleck writes, produces, and stars in this adaptation of Dennis Lehane's sprawling crime novel centering on the prodigal son of a prominent police chief, and his gradual descent into the criminal underworld. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 13, 2017
DVD Release Date: March 21, 2017
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Live by Night boasts visual style and an impressive cast, but they're lost in a would-be crime saga that finds producer, director, and star Ben Affleck revisiting familiar themes to diminishing effect.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

You probably won't turn it off when it comes on cable. But the material needs to be bigger, more momentous, as well as more intimate.

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Brian Tallerico

A footnote in the history of cinematic mob stories.

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Randall King
Winnipeg Free Press

That speaks well of Affleck -- the screenwriter -- in demonstrating maturity by offering up more nuanced characters than we generally expect from the average gangster movie. Still, that maturity doesn't mitigate the shortcomings of the film's star.

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David Sims
The Atlantic

One of the film's final set pieces is so wonderfully staged that it reminds you what skill Affleck has with the camera. Next time, he should perhaps confine himself behind it.

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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail

Here, the outlaw-as-hero trick just doesn't work; we can't both sympathize with Coughlin's moral quandaries and thrill to his crimes.

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Rain Jokinen

And while the story is sprawling, covering a decade, and filled with beautiful settings, costumes, and stars, it just never comes together to be the kind of epic crime drama it's emulating

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Bruce Kirkland
Toronto Sun

Live by Night is a solid, interesting but sprawling and often overwrought gangster picture.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

It sure looks great - it was lensed by Tarantino regular Robert Richardson - and its gangster-movie tropes are familiar, yet welcome.

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John Serba

A focused and insightful character study, it's not. But reframed as a genre exercise, a pulpy throwback comic book... the film is an absorbing diversion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Other than the costumes, this flick's a nightmare.
Brendan Nicholls
Affleck was the wrong choice to star in this film. You can clearly tell he was forcing the performance and was time restricted thanks to Batman v Superman and… More
Nate Zoebl
With only three films, Ben Affleck has successfully reinvented himself as one of Hollywood's most talented directors when it comes to adult crime… More
Joshua Sheetz
Live by Night is a better picture than you may have heard, even if it's a goddamned mess. Night is a Prohibition-era yarn about a Boston thief and bank… More
Glenn Gaylord
SOFT BOILED EGG - My Review of LIVE BY NIGHT (2 1/2 Stars) As much as I've always loved the moodiness and the lighting in film noirs, I've also… More
Jacob Smith
The fact that this film was released before the Oscar deadline and Leonardo DiCaprio is a producer for the film tells me that Ben actually thought this film had… More