Live By Night Reviews

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December 5, 2017
It doesn't know if it wants to be a tale of Robin Hood style Prohibition-era mobsters, a classic revenge story, a war between gangsters and the Ku Klux Klan, a battle over turf between Irish and Italian mobs, etc. Repent watching Live by Night
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.
October 17, 2017
With a running time of more than two hours, this sprawling, would-be epic needed to deliver far more.
October 16, 2017
Live By Night is dumb in a self-important Oscar bait kind of way.
September 21, 2017
Overall, Live By Night feels choppy and is predictable.
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 29, 2017
Live by Night would make viewers sleep by night, too, except for the noise of gunshots and body-slams.
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 23, 2017
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
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.
March 1, 2017
You can practically feel it straining to become a classic of the genre but in the end, it feels more like Miller's Crossing cosplay than anything else.
February 23, 2017
If Sad Affleck didn't already exist, Live By Night might've made the meme happen anyway.
February 20, 2017
Live By Night is a far better film than it's been given credit for.
February 17, 2017
Joe Coughlin was a bad dude long before he got to Florida, though you could certainly make the argument Florida brings out the worst in everybody.
February 8, 2017
Affleck has simply given himself too much work to do on this project.
February 8, 2017
Live By Night is a disjointed mess.
February 8, 2017
Filmmaker Ben Affleck's first failure...
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