Live By Night Reviews

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April 6, 2020
It's more concerned with flattering our modern sensibility than truly plunging us into the mores of the 1920s.
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.
January 27, 2017
It's not Goodfellas. It lacks the black humour and the relish for eccentricity for its own sake, and the ending verges on mawkishness. But it's great entertainment -- a cunningly wrought tribute to old-fashioned Hollywood and the Warners style.
January 17, 2017
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.
January 16, 2017
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.
January 13, 2017
Live by Night is a solid, interesting but sprawling and often overwrought gangster picture.
January 13, 2017
A footnote in the history of cinematic mob stories.
January 13, 2017
It ain't rubbish, but Affleck's fly-by-night operation is still one to avoid.
January 13, 2017
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.
January 13, 2017
It sure looks great - it was lensed by Tarantino regular Robert Richardson - and its gangster-movie tropes are familiar, yet welcome.
January 12, 2017
Flat when it should fizzle, formulaic when it should be diverting and plodding when it should flow, it is at best -- and it pains me to say it -- a masterclass in mediocrity.
January 12, 2017
Affleck falls prey to the occupational hazard of wanting to create his own myth, as he produces, directs, writes and stars in a flaccid screen adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era crime novel.
January 12, 2017
Misgivings aside, I was enjoying Live by Night as a guilty pleasure of sorts and was on the verge of giving it a qualified recommendation until the last 10 minutes, which are equal parts predictable and way, way over the top.
January 12, 2017
Writer-director-star Ben Affleck goes for broke and goes bust with an American tale that mistakes muchness for greatness.
January 12, 2017
Somber, well-judged and admirably ambitious, "Live by Night" nonetheless falls short of being essential, its familiar moving parts heading predictably toward a conclusion that feels mechanical and preordained.
January 12, 2017
It was always going to be a tricky thing to follow up a smash like Argo, so taut and smart and thrilling. Affleck went maximalist with Live by Night, and it was, indeed, too much.
January 12, 2017
"Live by Night" may look first-rate (though Affleck's direction, whether it's action or simply two people, seething, is routine) but it feels second-hand.
January 12, 2017
It's worth seeing for Affleck's charismatic performance and for its vision of America as a land of greed, violence and political expediency that some moviegoers will find all too familiar.
January 12, 2017
People love to pile on Ben Affleck, and "Live by Night" isn't going to help his case.
January 12, 2017
Well made in a lumbering way.
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