Live By Night
Live By Night
- 2h 9m
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Taking fatherly advice is not in Joe Coughlin's nature. Instead, the WWI vet is a selfproclaimed anti-establishment outlaw, despite being the son of the Boston Police Deputy Superintendent. Joe's not all bad, though; in fact, he's not really bad enough for the life he's chosen. Unlike the gangsters he refuses to work for, he has a sense of justice and an open heart, and both work against him, leaving him vulnerable time and again—in business and in love. Driven by a need to right the wrongs committed against him and those close to him, Joe heads down a risky path that goes against his upbringing and his own moral code. Leaving the cold Boston winter behind, he and his reckless crew turn up the heat in Tampa. And while revenge may taste sweeter than the molasses that infuses every drop of illegal rum he runs, Joe will learn that it comes at a price.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics 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.
Sydney Morning Herald
It's not Goodfellas. It lacks the black humour and the relish for eccentricity for its own sake, a...
June 25, 2017
One of the film's final set pieces is so wonderfully staged that it reminds you what skill Affleck...
June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
Sluggish, uninspired mobster drama has lots of violence.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Live by Night is a Ben Affleck-directed (and starring) drama about Prohibition-era rum-running Bostonian mobsters who take their business to Florida. Based on the book by popular crime writer Dennis Lehane, it's filled with bloody violence, including shoot-outs both up close and from afar, brutal beatings, explosive car chases, and more. The body count is almost too high to count. There's also smoking and illegal drinking, sex scenes (though nothing gets too graphic), briefly seen photos of a naked woman in a compromising position, and strong language (including "s--t," "f--k," the "N" word, and more).
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- Genre:Drama, Action
- Release Date:December 25, 2016
- Audio Format:5.1
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