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Brokeback Mountain Reviews

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Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
December 18, 2005
The real risk taken in "Brokeback" is attempting to capture the life of a true love affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 30, 2009
Lee can't tell the difference between criticizing oppression and turning out an oppressed work
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
December 16, 2005
As regressively conservative as it is trailblazing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 24, 2006
Breaks new ground, but not hearts
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 8, 2005
The movie is too tame and too clumsy to be worth much outside its "groundbreaking" status.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
January 4, 2006
It's a hackneyed, underdeveloped melodrama disguised as serious art house fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
December 15, 2005
If the filmmakers weren't trying so hard to deny the characters' failings, Brokeback Mountain might have lived up to its immense reputation.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
December 30, 2005
The hubbub seems more politically driven in the wake of the gay marriage debate. And an Oscar win will be pandering to that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
January 9, 2006
[T]he movie plays like any soap opera about a love that cannot be--the weeper mechanism is entirely familiar from hetero movies.... Brokeback Mountain isn't a gay western, it's a gay Back Street.
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 27, 2006
Because 'Brokeback Mountain' has made such a profound impact on so many viewers, I almost feel guilty that I can't rave about it.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
November 22, 2005
For all its brave beginnings and real achievements -- its assault on western mythology, its discovery of a subversive sexual honesty in an unexpected locale -- Brokeback Mountain finally fails to fully engage our emotions.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 30, 2005
Essentially, [this] is the same as most stories of lust and infidelity -- two people who 'can't control' their desires end up hurting others, lying, and denying responsibility for their actions.
Read More | Original Score: C-
James O'Ehley
SA Movie & DVD Magazine
February 9, 2006
The first quarter of Brokeback Mountain plays like a silent movie version of Waiting of Godot, but starring two Marlboro Men instead of Vladimir and Estragon . . .
Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 25, 2005
An inert disappointment.
| Original Score: 2/5
Sean McBride
Sean the Movie Guy
January 26, 2006
I never became emotionally involved in their story
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
February 8, 2006
Beautifully photographed and well acted, but also slow moving and episodic
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 5/10
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
January 13, 2006
An unconventional love story that doesn't match its hype.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 13, 2006
Despite my distress at the tedious pace, the performances are sharp and compelling
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2/4
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
December 9, 2005
Brokeback Mountain is an epic love story about gay cowboys and that, in itself, is something. Otherwise, the film is not one to get particularly excited over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
November 24, 2005
So much for down and dirty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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