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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  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 623
  1. HankC.
    Dec 11, 2005
    10
    This is a great story for ANYONE who has ever been in love or longed to be. The acting is superb. I wish everyone could see this.
  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. WillW.
    Dec 28, 2005
    10
    Finally a serious film about forbidden love which is not stereotyped. Great acting all around. Ang Lee does an amazing job of cutting to the Finally a serious film about forbidden love which is not stereotyped. Great acting all around. Ang Lee does an amazing job of cutting to the core. Hopefully this film will take away top honors at the Academy Awards. Expand
  4. RichardW.
    Feb 4, 2006
    10
    My wife and I were able to see Brokeback when it first opened in NYC. It is a haunting love story that says a lot more than the relationship My wife and I were able to see Brokeback when it first opened in NYC. It is a haunting love story that says a lot more than the relationship of two loner type men. It gets to the heart of so many of our simmering up tight relationships in the USA. Expand
  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. Jul 2, 2011
    8
    it's a requiem about old friendships and gone loves. the movie without its Controversial subject is a rare and beautiful romance, too. ang leeit'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
    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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