100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Brokeback Mountain aspires to an epic sweep and achieves it, though with singular intimacy and grace.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Carries a lot of emotional power.
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Anne Proulx's 1997 short story in the New Yorker has been masterfully expanded by screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana to provide director Lee with his best movie since "Sense and Sensibility" in 1995.
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100

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Gently unfolds into an epic, heartbreaking love story that's far greater than the sum of its parts.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
It's a heart-wrenching portrayal of unfulfilled Wyoming love, but this time, we don't mean Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur in "Shane."
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
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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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Brokeback Mountain has been described as "a gay cowboy movie," which is a cruel simplification. It is the story of a time and place where two men are forced to deny the only great passion either one will ever feel. Their tragedy is universal.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Brokeback may be too polished for some people, too elegantly dispassionate in its study of choked passion.
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87 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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