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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
    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
    This much-ballyhooed gay cowboy melodrama is an inert disappointment.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 77 out of 616
  1. ArnoldH.
    Dec 10, 2005
    An unforgettable and haunting experience. I saw it yesterday and have not been able to stop thinking about it. This movie works on so many levels that it demands much reflection and repeated viewings. Acting, especially by Ledger, is superb. Not to be missed! Expand
  2. Feb 22, 2011
    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
  3. TJD
    Dec 27, 2005
    I expected more intensity in the film; it seemed slow at times. Then the film builds, stabs you in chest and makes you leave the theater thinking more about it then you've probably thought about anyother film in years. Expand
  4. JackS.
    Feb 3, 2006
    The perfect movie to educate human compassion.
  5. MartinS.
    May 11, 2006
    Great love story shot in a spectacular setting.
  6. Jul 2, 2011
    it's a requiem about old friendships and gone loves. the movie without its Controversial subject is a rare and beautiful romance, too. ang lee is a expert to show exciting moment of love and hate. Expand
  7. LomaxH.
    Dec 9, 2005
    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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