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  • Summary: Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men -- a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy -- who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to theSet against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men -- a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy -- who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. (Focus Features) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. Carries a lot of emotional power.
  2. So in all the tumult about this film, the eruption of its subject into wide attention and the consequent revelations about cowboys' lives in the past, let us--without forgetting the American sources of the screenplay--acknowledge the anomaly that the director is Chinese.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    100
    There's neither coyness nor self-importance in Brokeback Mountain--just close, compassionate observation, deeply committed performances, a bone-deep feeling for hardscrabble Western lives. Few films have captured so acutely the desolation of frustrated, repressed passion.
  4. The remarkable thing director Ang Lee has done is to have made a film that remains firmly in the Western genre while never retreating from its portrayal of a tragic love story.
  5. While Gyllenhaal has playful puppy eyes and energy, his performance as Jack is a blur of mustaches, sideburns and spurs that never achieves the weight of Ledger's.
  6. 75
    Isn't for everyone, but for those who are not bothered by the homosexual relationship, it offers a study in yearning, love, and loss. It didn't affect me as deeply as either "The Bridges of Madison County" or "The Remains of the Day," but it evokes some of the same feelings.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    This much-ballyhooed gay cowboy melodrama is an inert disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 618
  1. JoeR.
    Dec 10, 2005
    10
    Few love stories have been more moving. The power of this story and performance will last with you for days. It is a milestone for cinema and Few love stories have been more moving. The power of this story and performance will last with you for days. It is a milestone for cinema and the 'love that dare not speak its name.' Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2011
    10
    It's a great movie with great actioning. I'm not for the guy's love story line,that was just weird,but if you looking at the base storylineIt's a great movie with great actioning. I'm not for the guy's love story line,that was just weird,but if you looking at the base storyline and the acting that came out of this movie. It was a great movie to reflex a different way of life and there struggles. I wouldn't pay for this movie in the theater,because of the storyline. I waiting to it came on the movie channels before I watched it. Expand
  3. PeterS.
    Dec 28, 2005
    10
    A masterpeice - totally devastating. I have read some of the christian right wing blather about the two young guys being unfaithful to their A masterpeice - totally devastating. I have read some of the christian right wing blather about the two young guys being unfaithful to their wives. I guess we did not see the same film - because at the end of their first summer together they were both single , but ledger's character Ennis was so conflicted he could not allow his real feelings to surface the way Gyllenhaall's character Jack was able to - that is why Ennis walked into in the alley way and crumbled / collapsed in a fit of rage and denial . All that pain and missed oportunity began there - that was the chance for the future wives to never have been brought into the picture and all thier pains and anguishes. Missed opportunity because of what a hateful society and hateful parents wrought on thier offspring they profess to love. With all the beauty and pain this film evokes, we will now take a gaint leap forward as a culture of people able to love more and tolerate hating less. Expand
  4. PabloR.
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    With this kind of movies i feel alive, free and more than a spend money machine.
  5. KennethM.
    May 18, 2006
    10
    I'll give this a ten simply for the fact that it mocks the dredges of american society: The cowboy.
  6. Sep 3, 2010
    8
    Great performances all round in this heart breaking love story.
    Beautifully shot & gently paced with some great incidental music which adds to
    Great performances all round in this heart breaking love story.
    Beautifully shot & gently paced with some great incidental music which adds to the whole setting.
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  7. LomaxH.
    Dec 9, 2005
    0
    Will no one criticize this trite, overacted, and, most importantly, overrated tribute to America's continued love affair with celebrity Will no one criticize this trite, overacted, and, most importantly, overrated tribute to America's continued love affair with celebrity directors, handsome actors, and subject matter that deems a film above reproach? I guess not. Get in line, the are a couple of spots on Ang Lee's butt that have not been kissed. Expand

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