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
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.
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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.