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      Brokeback Mountain Reviews

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      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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3/4 | Jan 10, 2019

      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.

      Full Review | Jul 6, 2010

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

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Nov 21, 2008

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

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Apr 1, 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: A | Mar 8, 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: F | Feb 11, 2006

      Lee and his collaborators have tapped into Proulx's story and gathered it up without missing a single sad, delicate nuance.

      Full Review | Jan 27, 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Jan 13, 2006

      Ang Lee continues to astonish.

      Full Review | Jan 9, 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 5/5 | Jan 7, 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.'

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/5 | Jan 6, 2006

      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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4 | Dec 28, 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/4 | Dec 27, 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.

      Full Review | Dec 22, 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: B+ | Dec 21, 2005

      A sweeping, solemn, self-serious chronicle of their relationship over several decades.

      Full Review | 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/4 | Dec 20, 2005

      The best movie of the year.

      Full Review | Original Score: 4/4 | Dec 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 | 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.

      Full Review | Original Score: A | Dec 20, 2005

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