Live by Night

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Sluggish, uninspired mobster drama has lots of violence.

R 2016 128 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+

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age 16+

Ben Affleck delivers a slightly disappointing and violent gangster film

I had very high hopes for Live by Night, and wasn't completely thrilled with it. I liked it, but it wasn't everything I wanted it to be. The beginning feels very different from the end, and had less interesting characters. As the movie progresses, it gets better and better. I thought Ben Affleck's performance was inconsistent. Sometimes he was doing a great job, and sometimes he was not believable. He directed the action scenes very well, though. There is a lot of brutal violence, but there is little gore. There are a few mild sexual scenes, but there is one scene with pictures of a young naked woman. The distribution of rum is a large part of the plot. Language isn't frequent, but it is still fairly strong. It is better suited for more mature audiences, but depending on the person, some teens may be okay. I really didn't mind the movie, I just thought it could still be better.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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