Live by Night

Joe was once a good man.


Live by Night
Set in the roaring 1920s, where Prohibition hadn’t managed to stop the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The opportunity to gain power and money is there for any man with enough ambition and nerve and the son of the Boston Police Superintendent had long ago turned his back on his strict upbringing for the spoils of being an outlaw. But even among criminals there are rules and he breaks a big one: crossing a powerful mob boss by stealing his money and his moll. The fiery affair ends in tragedy, setting him on a path of revenge, ambition, romance and betrayal that propels him out of Boston and up the ladder of Tampa’s steamy rum-running underworld. This film has the dubious distinction of holding the US record for biggest number of screens lost between week 2 and 3, even if Affleck’s other bomb, Gigli, scored a higher percentage drop for the same metric.

129 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Violence).
Crime, Drama.

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Credits

Cast
Ben Affleck, Elle Fanning, Remo Girone, Brendan Gleeson, Robert Glenister, Matthew maher, Chris Messina, Sienna Miller, Miguel, Zoe Saldana
Director
Ben Affleck
ScreenplayBen Affleck, from the novel by Dennis Lehane
MusicHarry Gregson Williams
CinematographyRobert Richardson
EditingWilliam Goldenberg
Sound formats
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2016
Produced byAppian Way, Pearl Street Films, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, Warner Bros.

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreCrime drama
LanguageStrong and frequent
NudityLow impact and isolated (female breasts)
SexNone
ViolenceStrong, realistic and frequent
PrejudiceInstances of prejudicial language are present
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
Comments
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
4
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
5
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
4
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
5
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
1
Topics to talk about
5

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
17 +
Positive messages
2
Positive role models
1
Violence
4
Sex
3
Language
4
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
3

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Jamal-Dean Grootboom quote icon'Night' is fatally wounded by inability to convince on all levels.
5
Die Burger
Paul Boekkooi quote iconAffleck skiet hom in die voet.
10
Cape Times
David Rooney quote iconGangster saga lacks a nasty edge.
10
ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconAs a collective whole, the overall experience isn’t as successful as it feels disjointed and like it’s trying too hard, with Affleck’s recurring voice-over narration coming off as a desperate, yet lazy attempt to bring it all together.
9
Metacritic.com
43 critics
10
Rottentomatoes critics
188 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconLive 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.
7
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
10
CommonSenseMedia
Staff evaluation quote iconSluggish, uninspired mobster drama has lots of violence.
5

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
45 users
15
Rottentomatoes users
11522 users
11
Internet
9510 Netizens
13

Average .. 48%

10

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