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
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Critic Score: 32% 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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Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

"Live by Night" has slipped into theaters without a stir. The reason, regrettably, is that it's unexpectedly lifeless.

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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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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Every one of the movie's 128 minutes reverberates with phoniness.

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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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Marija Loncarevic

Following the success of Argo, Affleck had, in many eyes, unveiled a talent for bringing a story to life -- which makes the overall sum of Live by Night all the more deflating.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
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
Thomas Drufke
With Ben Affleck movies I come to expect a few things; entertaining story with some possible action sequences involved, a well strung piece encompassing plenty… 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
Jared H
Had a great look and vibe (and a really cool car chase), but the story was a little clumsy and the dialogue a bit sappy and on-the-nose. I think it… More
Philip Price
The problem with Live by Night is that it is both too much and never enough. Ben Affleck, who has proved himself a strong storyteller in his screenwriting and… More