Critics are unanimously praising Jeff Bridges' performance in CH, but really, when has he ever not given a great performance? He's one of the only reasons to see this film, besides the excellent scenes with Robert Duvall. Maggie Gyllenhaal, not a Smithee favorite, brings her cool-girl aura that always manages to repel. The story is trite; nothing happens that we haven't seen in countless other films. But the small town details have a naturalistic feel, due in part to excellent work by all the bit players, and Bridges makes it worth seeing, as always.