Actors dominate with finely nuanced performances where every scene feels dramatically right. show more
The three (human) leads are perfection. Bridges' Howard is as breezily garrulous and glad-handing as Cooper's Smith is laconic and withdrawn. Maguire's Pollard has haunted eyes and orangey hair that makes him look like a human jack-o'-lantern, and establishes his own unique rhythm and less-is-more style. show more
For all its pictorial splendor and carefully calculated drama, this film misses greatness by a country mile.