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Brokeback Mountain Reviews

March 8, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: A
January 13, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 9, 2006
Ang Lee continues to astonish.
January 6, 2006
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.'
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 22, 2005
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 20, 2005
A sweeping, solemn, self-serious chronicle of their relationship over several decades.
December 20, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2005
The best movie of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2005
It has become shorthand to call Brokeback Mountain the 'gay cowboy movie,' but it is much more than that glib description implies. This is a human story, a haunting film in the tradition of the great Hollywood romantic melodramas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2005
A film about love and the cost of lying that's exquisite in its beauty, painful in its truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2005
The movie has a universal quality because it tells a story of unfulfilled lives and roots it in the well-observed specifics of a vanishing Western culture.
Read More | Original Score: A
December 20, 2005
Like these indelible cowboys, you, too, may find it impossible not to succumb to the powerful, quiet greatness that is Brokeback Mountain.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2005
Brokeback Mountain the power to break your heart -- and, perhaps more important, to open it.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 20, 2005
With its measured pace and its sumptuous visuals, transforming a taboo into a romantic totem, this opening act is fascinating, like watching Red River with the subtext cranked way up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2005
If love does indeed conquer all, it should win hearts across America. If not, then its focus on a tragic stigma will remain as valid as its story suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 20, 2005
The reason to see Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, and see it you should, isn't its hot-button topicality or its cultural cachet but simply that it's a very good movie, with a staggeringly fine performance by Heath Ledger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 20, 2005
There's no contest. Brokeback Mountain is the most poignant movie love story of the year.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 18, 2005
It is simply one of the greatest love stories in film history.
Read More | Original Score: A
December 17, 2005
If the cowboy movies of John Wayne and John Ford were about the opening of the American West, Brokeback Mountain is the somber slam of its closing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 17, 2005
A good and eloquent Wyoming-set love story with a great performance at its heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 17, 2005
Much as it is about love, Brokeback is also a potent study of repression that comes alive in Ledger's shattering performance.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 17, 2005
A story of forbidden love on the range, Brokeback Mountain is acted, directed, written and photographed with heart-pounding beauty.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 15, 2005
Brokeback Mountain is a love story, but that's not all it is. In some ways, the movie is as much about the way we were as the way they are.
Read More | Original Score: B
December 15, 2005
The filmmakers have focused so intently and with such feeling on Jack and Ennis that the movie is as observant as work by Bergman.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 14, 2005
I was never moved or even overly excited by what I finally witnessed on the screen, though I have no quarrel with the superlatives heaped upon the film by most of my colleagues.
December 14, 2005
Quite simply, this is one of the best films of the year.
December 13, 2005
It's a brave and affecting effort from a director from whom we have come to expect worthwhile things.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 9, 2005
It's an old-style virtue for a film that's old-style in the best way: unassuming but people-oriented and aiming to endure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 9, 2005
An epic, heartbreaking love story that's far greater than the sum of its parts.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 9, 2005
This is one of the best serious films about homosexuality ever made, but though it's sad and sobering it's still only a rough draft of a great movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 9, 2005
Ang Lee conveys maddening delirium rendered in the way one man's eyes gaze at another's, and then look away, and the looking-away amounts to the murder of two souls as surely as if they'd drawn guns and hit each other in the heart.
December 8, 2005
Brokeback Mountain takes great pains to be a compassionate love story; but the filmmaking itself, self-consciously restrained and desiccated, is inert and inexpressive.
December 8, 2005
Ang Lee's formalism is so extreme that it's often laughable, and the sex is depicted as a holy union: Gay love has never been so sacred.
December 8, 2005
It's a deeply felt, emotional love story that deals with the uncharted, mysterious ways of the human heart just as so many mainstream films have before it. The two lovers here just happen to be men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 8, 2005
Annie Proulx's heartbreaking story of two cowboys who fall in love has been faithfully translated onto the screen in Ang Lees landmark film.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
December 8, 2005
What is truly distinctive about Brokeback Mountain is that it brings to life a love story that, after all these years of love stories, is essentially new to mainstream movies, and it does so without special pleading or sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 8, 2005
[The film] is directed by Ang Lee in a style that pays attention to the nuances of expression, to the thoughts and emotions being articulated between the words and in the pauses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 8, 2005
Brokeback Mountain is at once the gayest and the least gay Hollywood film I've seen, which is another way of saying that Lee has a knack for culling universality from the most specific identities.
December 8, 2005
Brokeback Mountain coaxes audiences to walk several hundred miles in its characters' shoes, luring us with the scent of forbidden fruit and rewarding us with the sumptuous taste of complex storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 7, 2005
Brokeback Mountain is an American masterpiece.
December 5, 2005
All is tasteful, and far more convincing than the movie's representation of passion is its only-the-lonely evocation of a punishing social order.
December 5, 2005
Its beauty wells from its sorrow, because the love between Ennis and Jack is most credible not in the making but in the thwarting.
December 5, 2005
Heath Ledger, in particular, I think really has to get an Oscar nomination.
November 30, 2005
Ang Lee's unmissable and unforgettable Brokeback Mountain hits you like a shot in the heart. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 30, 2005
Brokeback Mountain is that rare thing, a big Hollywood weeper with a beautiful ache at its center. It's a modern-age Western that turns into a quietly revolutionary love story.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
October 7, 2005
Ang Lee's film is not only a fine and gorgeous Western (in the first act), but an intimate epic love story in the classic Hollywood tradition.
September 9, 2005
What Ang Lee has wrought with his stunning contemplation of two men who find love in a lonely place is more about universal human needs than about gender preferences.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 6, 2005
This ostensible gay Western is marked by a heightened degree of sensitivity and tact, as well as an outstanding performance from Heath Ledger.
September 5, 2005
The fine details of the West are as precise as you would expect from a McMurtry piece, and Lee's adroitness with the excellent cast is on full display, particularly in the brave and moving performances of Ledger and Gyllenhaal.