Brokeback Mountain is an Ang Lee film about two modern day cowboys who meet on a shepherding job in the summer of ’63. The two share a raw and powerful summer together that turns into a life long relationship conflicting with the lives they are supposed to live.
Stanley Kauffmann Ang Lee continues to astonish.
Dave Calhoun Lee has taken a story of gay love and placed it where it should be -- in the mainstream. He's delivered a beautifully crafted film to boot.
Ann Hornaday A sweeping, solemn, self-serious chronicle of their relationship over several decades.
Andrew Sarris I was never moved or even overly excited by what I finally witnessed on the screen, though I have no quarrel with the superlatives heaped upon the film by most of my colleagues.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) Quite simply, this is one of the best films of the year.
Ken Tucker 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.
Stephanie Zacharek Brokeback Mountain takes great pains to be a compassionate love story; but the filmmaking itself, self-consciously restrained and desiccated, is inert and inexpressive.
David Edelstein Ang Lee's formalism is so extreme that it's often laughable, and the sex is depicted as a holy union: Gay love has never been so sacred.
Ella Taylor 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.
Rex Reed Brokeback Mountain is an American masterpiece.
J. Hoberman 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.
Anthony Lane Its beauty wells from its sorrow, because the love between Ennis and Jack is most credible not in the making but in the thwarting.
Richard Roeper Heath Ledger, in particular, I think really has to get an Oscar nomination.
Richard Schickel For all its brave beginnings and real achievements -- its assault on western mythology, its discovery of a subversive sexual honesty in an unexpected locale -- Brokeback Mountain finally fails to fully engage our emotions.
Todd McCarthy This ostensible gay Western is marked by a heightened degree of sensitivity and tact, as well as an outstanding performance from Heath Ledger.
Ray Bennett The fine details of the West are as precise as you would expect from a McMurtry piece, and Lee's adroitness with the excellent cast is on full display, particularly in the brave and moving performances of Ledger and Gyllenhaal.