Brokeback Mountain

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    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.

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    Like all great love stories, Ang Lee's is one of tragic romance, strongly acted by Heath Ledger as the most buttoned-up of cowboys, and Michelle Williams as his betrayed and enraged wife.

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    Ang Lee continues to astonish.

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    Both [Gyllenhaal and Ledger] embody what that old Waylon and Willie song taught us -- 'Cowboys ain't easy to love, and they're harder to hold.'

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    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.

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

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    It stays with you after you've seen it, like a haunting strain of music; both love song and elegy for what might have been.

    4/4
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    The best movie of the year.

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    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.

    4/4
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    A film about love and the cost of lying that's exquisite in its beauty, painful in its truths.

    4/4
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    The movie has a universal quality because it tells a story of unfulfilled lives and roots it in the well-observed specifics of a vanishing Western culture.

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

    4/4
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    Brokeback Mountain the power to break your heart -- and, perhaps more important, to open it.

    4/4
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    With its measured pace and its sumptuous visuals, transforming a taboo into a romantic totem, this opening act is fascinating, like watching Red River with the subtext cranked way up.

    3/4
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    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.

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    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.

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

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    It is simply one of the greatest love stories in film history.

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    If the cowboy movies of John Wayne and John Ford were about the opening of the American West, Brokeback Mountain is the somber slam of its closing.

    3/4
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    A good and eloquent Wyoming-set love story with a great performance at its heart.

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

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

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    Brokeback Mountain is a love story, but that's not all it is. In some ways, the movie is as much about the way we were as the way they are.

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

    4/4
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    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.

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    Quite simply, this is one of the best films of the year.

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    It's a brave and affecting effort from a director from whom we have come to expect worthwhile things.

    3/4
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    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.

    4/4
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    An epic, heartbreaking love story that's far greater than the sum of its parts.

    4/4
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    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.

    3/4
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    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.

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    Brokeback Mountain takes great pains to be a compassionate love story; but the filmmaking itself, self-consciously restrained and desiccated, is inert and inexpressive.

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    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.

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    It's a deeply felt, emotional love story that deals with the uncharted, mysterious ways of the human heart just as so many mainstream films have before it. The two lovers here just happen to be men.

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

    5/5
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    What is truly distinctive about Brokeback Mountain is that it brings to life a love story that, after all these years of love stories, is essentially new to mainstream movies, and it does so without special pleading or sentimentality.

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    [The film] is directed by Ang Lee in a style that pays attention to the nuances of expression, to the thoughts and emotions being articulated between the words and in the pauses.

    4/4
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    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.

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    Brokeback Mountain coaxes audiences to walk several hundred miles in its characters' shoes, luring us with the scent of forbidden fruit and rewarding us with the sumptuous taste of complex storytelling.

    4/4
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    Brokeback Mountain is an American masterpiece.

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    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.

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

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    Heath Ledger, in particular, I think really has to get an Oscar nomination.

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    Ang Lee's unmissable and unforgettable Brokeback Mountain hits you like a shot in the heart. It's a landmark film and a triumph for Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal.

    4/4
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    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.

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    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.

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    What Ang Lee has wrought with his stunning contemplation of two men who find love in a lonely place is more about universal human needs than about gender preferences.

    4/4
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    This ostensible gay Western is marked by a heightened degree of sensitivity and tact, as well as an outstanding performance from Heath Ledger.

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    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.

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