Brokeback Mountain
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Ang Lee's adaptation of E. Annie Proulx's story Brokeback Mountain stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as young cowboys named Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar. Each of them is hired to corral sheep on the title location and they soon bond very closely. Their platonic relationship explodes into a physical one, but eventually the two are separated when their job comes to an end. Although the two follow different life paths -- one becoming a father of two and the other marrying into a successful business -- they have a reunion years later. Each is affected profoundly by the rekindling of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"An important and original romance that really and finally portrays the homosexual romance as two humans falling in love and never plays it for clichés..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Lee can't tell the difference between criticizing oppression and turning out an oppressed work"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"At times feels as ancient and familiar as any well-worn piece of American legend, even if its content could set John Wayne spinning in his grave."
‑ Thomas Peyser, Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
"Ang Lee continues to astonish."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A sweeping, solemn, self-serious chronicle of their relationship over several decades."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"A romantic western with a twist, Brokeback Mountain is a haunting and well acted exploration of a forbidden and secretive love affair between two cowboys."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Arguably Ang Lee's best film, this swooning, achingly sad near-masterpiece offers a universal love story that lingers long in the mind."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Film4
"At its core, Brokeback Mountain is not a gay love story%u2013it is simply a love story."
‑ Brandon Fibbs,
"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.'"
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Brokeback Mountain is ultimately about the paralysis of regret and how it fractures the lives of not just those afflicted by it, but everyone else around them."
‑ Rubin Safaya,
"If you have the patience to sit through a slow-moving romance and you lack the vanity to be put off by explicit cowboy on cowboy relations, you'll greatly appreciate the light at the end of Brokeback Mountain, a work of art that's more than just a movie."
‑ Brian Marder,
"It has the simplicity and clarity of a fable, wedded to the gnarled and taciturn physical realism of the Western."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
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