Jan 10, 2019
What is remarkable about the film is how it doesn't politicise the homosexuality theme, transcends it to become the story of two people in doomed love. The two lead characters are wonderfully delineated.
Jul 6, 2010
Brokeback Mountain is in no rush. Its emotional impact builds slowly, its rhythms in tune with the countryside--the rugged grandeur of the mountains; the arid, bleak vistas of backwater Western towns.
Nov 21, 2008
Arguably Ang Lee's best film, this swooning, achingly sad near-masterpiece offers a universal love story that lingers long in the mind.
Apr 1, 2006
[A] powerful and moving film, a smart study of relationships that could but can't and never will be.
Mar 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.
Feb 11, 2006
A jaundiced portrait of maleness in crisis… extending not only to… the central characters, but also to the validity of manhood as exemplified by every other male character in the film.
Jan 27, 2006
Lee and his collaborators have tapped into Proulx's story and gathered it up without missing a single sad, delicate nuance.
Jan 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.
Jan 9, 2006
Ang Lee continues to astonish.
Jan 7, 2006
The whole movie is a rich, spacious, passionate way of showing, not telling, feelings that dare not speak their name -- and doing so with superb intelligence and magnificent candour.
Jan 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.'
Dec 28, 2005
Don't kid yourself; this is a movie about two gay cowboys, and if you are the type of person who feels you can't handle a subject like this without snickering then you're missing out on one of the best films of 2005.
Dec 27, 2005
Everybody involved in Brokeback Mountain deserves credit for crafting a film strong enough to withstand all of the third-grade snickering that's attended it.
Dec 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.
Dec 21, 2005
The story-telling is so plain and straightforward that, like the characters' feelings for one another, at first you do not realize how powerful it is.
Dec 20, 2005
A sweeping, solemn, self-serious chronicle of their relationship over several decades.
Dec 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.
Dec 20, 2005
The best movie of the year.
Dec 20, 2005
A film about love and the cost of lying that's exquisite in its beauty, painful in its truths.
Dec 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.