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Brokeback Mountain (2005)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 234
Fresh: 203 | Rotten: 31

A beautiful, epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality thanks to moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 4

A beautiful, epic Western, Brokeback Mountain's love story is imbued with heartbreaking universality thanks to moving performances by Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.



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Ang Lee's adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's story Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as young cowboys named Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar. Each of them is hired to corral sheep on the title location and they soon bond very closely. Their platonic relationship explodes into a physical one, but eventually the two are separated when their job comes to an end. Although the two follow different life paths -- one becoming a father of two and the other marrying into a successful


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Apr 4, 2006


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All Critics (234) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (203) | Rotten (31) | DVD (38)

Like all great love stories, Ang Lee's is one of tragic romance, strongly acted by Heath Ledger as the most buttoned-up of cowboys, and Michelle Williams as his betrayed and enraged wife.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
Newark Star-Ledger
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Ang Lee continues to astonish.

January 9, 2006
The New Republic
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Both [Gyllenhaal and Ledger] embody what that old Waylon and Willie song taught us -- 'Cowboys ain't easy to love, and they're harder to hold.'

January 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Lee has taken a story of gay love and placed it where it should be -- in the mainstream. He's delivered a beautifully crafted film to boot.

December 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A sweeping, solemn, self-serious chronicle of their relationship over several decades.

December 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It stays with you after you've seen it, like a haunting strain of music; both love song and elegy for what might have been.

December 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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An important and original romance that really and finally portrays the homosexual romance as two humans falling in love and never plays it for clichés...

August 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A romantic western with a twist, Brokeback Mountain is a haunting and well acted exploration of a forbidden and secretive love affair between two cowboys.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Brokeback Mountain is ultimately about the paralysis of regret and how it fractures the lives of not just those afflicted by it, but everyone else around them.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source:

Lee can't tell the difference between criticizing oppression and turning out an oppressed work

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comments (7)

Arguably Ang Lee's best film, this swooning, achingly sad near-masterpiece offers a universal love story that lingers long in the mind.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (3)

If you have the patience to sit through a slow-moving romance and you lack the vanity to be put off by explicit cowboy on cowboy relations, you'll greatly appreciate the light at the end of Brokeback Mountain, a work of art that's more than just a movie.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

At times feels as ancient and familiar as any well-worn piece of American legend, even if its content could set John Wayne spinning in his grave.

May 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

At its core, Brokeback Mountain is not a gay love story%u2013it is simply a love story.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

It has the simplicity and clarity of a fable, wedded to the gnarled and taciturn physical realism of the Western.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

A masterful telling of star crossed love, with all the complications of any affair. Neither gratuitous nor shying away from the hidden pasion, Lee crafts a sublte and quite beautful film.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Annie Proulx's beautiful, delicate short story...has been transformed into a beautiful, delicate movie under the masterly direction of Ang Lee.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Just a well-made, well-acted melodrama that is quiet and reflective instead of big and bombastic.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Though presented as a story of thwarted love -- of ache and longing and regrets -- it's ultimately a story about the relationships that shape us -- for better and for worse.

September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

it could have been real campy, if it weren't so well-crafted as to be Oscar material

September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Film with much religious and mystical imagery.

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

A gallery of worthy performances, crisp direction and a quietly graceful script make Brokeback Mountain something of a landmark in Hollywood's 2005 slate of movies.

August 20, 2006 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

A gorgeous meditation on the sorrow of finding everything you want and not knowing how to keep it.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

Behind its convenient (and infuriating) designation as "the gay cowboy movie," this is as universal as any love story Hollywood has produced in recent times.

April 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

[A] powerful and moving film, a smart study of relationships that could but can't and never will be.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The approach is dry as the Wyoming landscape, and while it occasionally threatens to pull the film out of shape, it's still the right one for these men.

March 8, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Audience Reviews for Brokeback Mountain

Umm, why did i put off seeing thes great movie for two years? Stupid, stupid, stupid!

Standing in the aisles applauding wildly great!
July 4, 2007

Super Reviewer

It's worth bending over backward to watch.

Stay tuned at for the full review.
September 1, 2013

Super Reviewer

Faultless in its sheer power and emotion
March 13, 2013
Louis Rogers

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The movie occasionally drags, but in the end it is a powerful film featuring excellent acting and excellent writing. It is griping and also quite devastating. The drama is intense, and the emotions are raw.
December 22, 2012
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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    1. Ennis Del Mar: Bottom line is... we're around each other and... this thing, it grabs the hold of us again... at the wrong place... at the wrong time... and we're dead.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (54 days ago)
    1. Joe Aguirre: You pair of deuces lookin' for work. I suggest you get your scrawny asses in here pronto.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (2 months ago)
    1. Alma Jr. Age 19: Daddy, do you need more furniture.
    2. Ennis Del Mar: Yeah, well... if you got nothin', you don't need nothin'.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Jack Twist: I don't care if you're movin' slow or fast, as long as it's my direction.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (7 months ago)
    1. Jack Twist: I wish I knew how to quit you.
    – Submitted by Andrea M (8 months ago)
    1. Ennis Del Mar: Jack, I swear.
    – Submitted by Jean R (12 months ago)
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