Of them all, the most impressive performance comes from Elle Fanning, as Cooper’s daughter, who becomes a junkie and eventually a big-time tent preacher. It’s another very impressive turn for her, and it also allows Affleck to make his own character more gray-shaded than you’d imagine. Altogether, it ads up to a very entertaining gangster picture. As it stands, Live by Night is probably my least favorite of Affleck’s films as a director (Gone Baby, Gone and Argo are 10’s for me, The Town is a strong 9), but that’s only because it feels like something’s missing. If this one gets a director’s cut, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if people’s estimation of it grows considerably. Until then, it’s still a damn solid crime flick.