Brokeback Mountain

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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) Expand

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Score distribution:
  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 628
  1. TomP.
    Dec 10, 2005
    10
    I am confident that this film will join the "canon" of memorable American films, one that will move viewers as much 40 years from now as on I am confident that this film will join the "canon" of memorable American films, one that will move viewers as much 40 years from now as on its opening day. Ang Lee has made a film that matches the best work of William Wyler's "the Best Years of Our Lives," and "The Heiress." Ledger gives a landmark performance that "wows" like Brando's in "On the Waterfront" and Dean's in "Rebel Without a Cause," Newman in "Hud," and indeed, Michelle Williams is as memorable as Patricia Neal's heartbreaking performance in "Brokeback" screenwriter McMurtry's "Hud." McMurtry has now written the screenplays for three great American contempoary Westerns -- "Hud," "The Last Picture Show," and now, in perhaps he and writing partner Diana Ossana's finest hour, "Brokeback Mountain." And finally, in a time when so few movies seem to be able to stand-and-deliver a gut-punching last line the likes of "Come on Jake, it's Chinatown," "Brokeback Mountain" contains the most richest last sentence of any film in a long, long time. It's the great writer Annie Proulix's words, slightly, sensitively repositioned in the narrative by McMurtry and Ossana and placed within a heartreching closing shot by Ang Lee and cinematogrpher Rodrigo Prieto. It moments like this, when every aspect of filmmaking comes together that reminds us why film is one of the greatest of the arts. Lee's film is one for the ages -- when, in future decades, the story won't appear particularly "controversial," like all great films, the emotional impact it has on viewers will continue to fee true and right. 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. JR
    Dec 28, 2005
    10
    This is the best film I have seen in years. Performances, Cinematography, Screenplay, Directing; all are superior. If this film does not win This is the best film I have seen in years. Performances, Cinematography, Screenplay, Directing; all are superior. If this film does not win major awards in the US, it is because of fear and predijuce. The same fear and predijuce that shadowed the lives of Ennis and Jack. Expand
  4. MichaelM.
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    It touched my heart I can't get it out of my mind. Best I've seen in many years.
  5. SharonD.
    May 22, 2006
    10
    what a beautiful story, I really fell lin love with this film and its characters. All the actors were amazing. such a tragic love story!
  6. Brian
    Jan 17, 2006
    8
    Overall a good movie. For those with open minds, the movie offers a lot to think about. As I read the reviews below, I couldn't helpOverall a good movie. For those with open minds, the movie offers a lot to think about. As I read the reviews below, I couldn't help but think the following.....for those saying if the movie wasn't about "gay" cowboys it wouldn't be acclaimed is like saying if Titanic wasn't about a ship sinking it wouldn't have been such a success. For the obvious Christians who slammed the movie because of its content (yes, I am a straight male Christian with a family), this movie offered great insight into those who are different than most of us and how those people are affected by the intolerence of the rest of us. Before you praise Christians so much remember...the guys at the end who murdered Jack probably called themselves Christians.

    Good insightful movie. If you keep an open mind you'll learn. If you don't keep an open mind, don't bother seeing it and go see Hostel (you won't have a problem with that movie).
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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. Collapse

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