Top Critics’ Reviews
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: 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.
Rotten: Live by Night is meant to be an epic tale of crime, prejudice, and opportunism and how they collide with the myth of the American Dream. Too bad it never makes us care.