Live By Night Reviews

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May 1, 2020
It's a measured, leisurely stroll through an outlaw's life that puts more value on character development than slinging lead.
April 6, 2020
It's more concerned with flattering our modern sensibility than truly plunging us into the mores of the 1920s.
January 24, 2020
Ben Affleck's really weird gangster film is a dud.
September 30, 2019
There are morsels of pleasure to be found here and there... No, it's not garbage. It's just a formless affair that feels destined to be relegated to the 2 and a half star pile on Netflix. It's a shame.
August 16, 2019
Costume design, ambiance, production design and photography are magnificent, but what really draws attention is Affleck's visual ability, much more ambitious than the rest of his filmography. [Full Review in Spanish]
June 25, 2019
Let no one call Live By Night unwatchable. Instead, let it be shown to every douchey, arrogant white filmmaker dude itching to ape Scorsese without putting in the work or possessing the talent.
March 22, 2019
It is quite disappointing that [Affleck's] latest project, Live by Night, fails to deliver anything interesting, compelling, or original.
March 9, 2019
Live by Night is a hubristic endeavour from a filmmaker who should have known better.
February 13, 2019
Live By Night suffers for trying to do too much. Even with a running time over two hours, it manages to feel overstuffed; one suspects that Affleck the writer got hung up on trying to preserve too much of the source material.
December 7, 2018
At its best, Live by Night recalls other gangster flicks like Road to Perdition, Carlito's Way, and The Untouchables, but it fails to sustain their level of gravitas.
November 4, 2018
gradually realizing that not only isn't it good but that it's never going to become good feels like a small-scale slow-motion tragedy
November 2, 2018
Tommy guns, bootleggers, fedoras and molls - Ben Affleck's Live By Night has everything you would want from a 1930s gangster drama.
November 2, 2018
Although Live by Night has the standard two-hour runtime, it somehow manages to feel both too languid and too rushed.
October 4, 2018
A wrongheaded attempt at a noir thriller that manages to make cinema's coolest genre look utterly, irredeemably ridiculous.
August 30, 2018
The equivalent of ordering Little Caesar's pizza; It looks so pretty on the outside but has little to no taste on the inside.
August 24, 2018
Unrelieved dead eye sensibility may have been intended to express the dead souls of the characters but it's a poor cinematic choice. Therefore the film's not interesting or productive and there's no emotional connection.
April 17, 2018
It is an ambitious period piece, clearly intended to be Affleck's Once Upon A Time In America... Yet somehow, the pacing feels off, the characters seem bland, and Live By Night never quite lives up to the sum of its parts.
April 13, 2018
All the pieces are there. But if another thespian tackled the role of Joe, as when Ben let younger brother Casey take the lead in Gone Baby Gone, perhaps Affleck would have been free to focus more effectively on the complex narrative arc.
March 21, 2018
"Live by Night" is a failed attempt that tries to write itself into the history of gangster films. [Full review in Spanish]
December 18, 2017
Live By Night's primary takeaway is how dull it is; there are a lot of players and set-up, and what action does transpire is wholly expected.
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