Brokeback Mountain Reviews

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    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Annie Proulx's heartbreaking story of two cowboys who fall in love has been faithfully translated onto the screen in Ang Lees landmark film.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • The whole movie is a rich, spacious, passionate way of showing, not telling, feelings that dare not speak their name -- and doing so with superb intelligence and magnificent candour.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • It's an old-style virtue for a film that's old-style in the best way: unassuming but people-oriented and aiming to endure.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • A sweeping, solemn, self-serious chronicle of their relationship over several decades.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • The reason to see Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, and see it you should, isn't its hot-button topicality or its cultural cachet but simply that it's a very good movie, with a staggeringly fine performance by Heath Ledger.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • All is tasteful, and far more convincing than the movie's representation of passion is its only-the-lonely evocation of a punishing social order.

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • An epic, heartbreaking love story that's far greater than the sum of its parts.

    Jami Bernard — New York Daily News

  • A film about love and the cost of lying that's exquisite in its beauty, painful in its truths.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • A story of forbidden love on the range, Brokeback Mountain is acted, directed, written and photographed with heart-pounding beauty.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • Like these indelible cowboys, you, too, may find it impossible not to succumb to the powerful, quiet greatness that is Brokeback Mountain.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Ang Lee conveys maddening delirium rendered in the way one man's eyes gaze at another's, and then look away, and the looking-away amounts to the murder of two souls as surely as if they'd drawn guns and hit each other in the heart.

    Ken Tucker — New York Magazine

  • Its beauty wells from its sorrow, because the love between Ennis and Jack is most credible not in the making but in the thwarting.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • The filmmakers have focused so intently and with such feeling on Jack and Ennis that the movie is as observant as work by Bergman.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • A good and eloquent Wyoming-set love story with a great performance at its heart.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Much as it is about love, Brokeback is also a potent study of repression that comes alive in Ledger's shattering performance.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It has become shorthand to call Brokeback Mountain the 'gay cowboy movie,' but it is much more than that glib description implies. This is a human story, a haunting film in the tradition of the great Hollywood romantic melodramas.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • If love does indeed conquer all, it should win hearts across America. If not, then its focus on a tragic stigma will remain as valid as its story suggests.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • There's no contest. Brokeback Mountain is the most poignant movie love story of the year.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

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