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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 the endurance and power of love. (Focus Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 37 out of 41
  2. Negative: 0 out of 41
  1. 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.
  2. Carries a lot of emotional power.
  3. Anne Proulx's 1997 short story in the New Yorker has been masterfully expanded by screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana to provide director Lee with his best movie since "Sense and Sensibility" in 1995.
  4. 90
    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.
  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. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    This much-ballyhooed gay cowboy melodrama is an inert disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 76 out of 612
  1. Mar 28, 2013
    10
    One of the greatest movies ever made, I simply love this movie and it's almost impossible not to cry with it, such a masterpiece, one of the greatest romance movie of ever Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2012
    10
    I don't give many tens, but this deserves it. Aside from being beautifully directed, with great technical aspects, as well as great acting, this is one of the most beautiful scripts of the 21st century so far. It didn't surprise me when I found out Annie Proulx was a finalist for a Pulitzer for the short story, which is translated very well by the two screen writers. The movie starts out very innocent and sweet, and then it starts to turn into a gradual downward spiral of devastation until you're just left emotional knocked out by the end of the movie. The themes of society's influence on human behavior, the desire for happiness, and demise caused by obsession, are all subtly, yet powerfully, conveyed in this movie. Calling this a gay love story is like calling Lord Of The Rings a movie about hiking. This is one of the most torturous, psychological portrayals of two people's lives I've ever seen in a movie. It's so well calculated, without coming off the least bit unnatural. I've seen it several times, and I still pick up on things that I hadn't caught onto before. I heard it was a groundbreaking movie about a gay romance, and I didn't get how that was, since there had been many movies about gay romances before. I figured it was probably an overrated movie. When I saw it, I realized I couldn't have been more wrong. Your emotional connection will be irrelevant to your sexual orientation. What is really going to connect you to the movie are your ideas about the pressure to conform to society, compared to your desire to live a life of happiness. One man chooses conformity, and the other chooses happiness, and it doesn't necessarily end up how you might expect. I'm actually getting emotional writing this, thinking about the movie. I really hope everyone who watches it is able to pick up on the subtle themes, the hidden meanings behind specific lines, and the inner thoughts of particular characters who might not be ready to say those thoughts out loud, or even admit them to themselves. Those kind of things are extremely difficult to incorporate into a script without losing its realistic feel, but this movie does it. Of course, it might take a few views to pick up on everything. Whether you're judging this movie on its intelligent, calculated writing, its technical achievements, its performances, of which Heath Ledger's is one of the best of the 21st century, or its overall directing, or if you judge a movie on its emotional appeal, and its powerful, thought provoking themes, I can't see how you objectively give this movie anything less than a strong review. Expand
  3. 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 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
  4. May 11, 2014
    9
    Brokeback Mountain is powerful, moving and beautiful. It hits you right on your chest like a bullet when you least expect it and steals away your heart. This is Ang Lee's greatest film and it won't be easy to top. The acting is fantastic. Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams and particularly Heath Ledger give stellar performances. Expand
  5. 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
    the whole setting. Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2012
    7
    Overall, the film is well done. Ang Lee has done a fantastic job of "showing" as opposed to "preaching" morality about homosexuality. This is particularly vital as it allows us to simply become engrossed in this tragic but heart-moving love story. Where the film fails, I believe, is the choice of setting. The time and place chosen does not appeal to most people, and we would rather experience a remarkable love story without the added distraction of cowboys and rodeos. I'm sure many would say cowboys are needed in this movie, just as the ship sinking was needed in the "Titanic" . The point, however, is that the added cowboy element has little if no benefit to the story-line. On balance though, it is a satisfying watch with marvelous cinematography and music. Expand
  7. Jun 5, 2013
    0
    GROSSSSS NASTY dont watch this there is no such thing as gay cowboys

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