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.
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]
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 2, 2018
Tommy guns, bootleggers, fedoras and molls - Ben Affleck's Live By Night has everything you would want from a 1930s gangster drama.
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.
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]
November 3, 2017
Live by Night is not an out-and-out gangster film. If you don't go in expecting the same, you'll enjoy watching it.
September 19, 2017
It's an old fashioned morality tale trussed up with some modern trappings.
September 19, 2017
It's a chapter of Prohibition that hasn't been told in many films, and Lehane's story is rich in details, so much so that I wish he had developed it in to a cable miniseries a la Boardwalk Empire.
September 15, 2017
[Ben] Affleck is attempting to depict the horror of corruption and racism, without revealing its ugly nature fully.
August 24, 2017
For this viewer, Live by Night's good qualities outweigh the bad.
May 9, 2017
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.
March 8, 2017
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.
February 20, 2017
Live By Night is a far better film than it's been given credit for.
February 6, 2017
If you're into crime dramas, this might be your lukewarm cup of tea.
February 1, 2017
A film that offers grandiloquence when it could aspire to grandiosity, it had everything to be an immediate classic. [Full review in Spanish]
February 1, 2017
A film with a problematic script but with a great aesthetic and a cast with recognized and talented actors. [Full review in Spanish]
February 1, 2017
This tribute to the memorable ganster cinema doesn't always manage to transmit that force in spite of its ambitions and its abundant and rich characters. [Full reviw in Spanish]
February 1, 2017
A film that wins when the action moves to Florida and the landscape is disregarded of the codes of gangster cinema to which the film pays homage. [Full review in Spanish]
February 1, 2017
A sprawling gangster movie epic that demonstrates Affleck's deft hand at tense, action filled filmmaking, and presenting characters in constant conflict with who they are and the environment they have cornered themselves into.
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