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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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  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: 77 out of 617
  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. 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. PabloR.
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    With this kind of movies i feel alive, free and more than a spend money machine.
  5. DavidT.
    May 17, 2006
    10
    I've never encountered a film that has affected as deeply as Brokeback Mountain. It hurts so much yet it's so incredibly loving and I've never encountered a film that has affected as deeply as Brokeback Mountain. It hurts so much yet it's so incredibly loving and beautiful. What an amazing piece of cinema. Ennis and Jack have parked themselves in my heart and that's where they are staying. Expand
  6. 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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