Brokeback Mountain Synopsis
A rodeo cowboy and a ranch hand form a bond over the summer of 1961.
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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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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Carries a lot of emotional power.
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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...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Brokeback Mountain Movie Review

By Asianfreak
88 out of 100 For myself, I'm not homophobic but watching this film makes the tears drop. It has a beautiful script, excellent acting, powerful conclusions. But I do recommend closing your eyes...

Five Word Review

By misscb
Being In-love Comes With Consequences...

A Beautiful Love Story

By TMapou
It is unfortunate that certain people are close-minded enough that they can only see this as "The Gay Cowboy Movie," because it is so much more than that--it is a beautiful love story. Heath Ledger...

Incredibly touching

By Punk_Kanellis
Brokeback Mountain is such a touching movie, it will leave you in tears. People cliché it as a “gay cowboy movie”, but it’s so much more than that. What is so great about Brokeback Mountain, is that...

Brokeback Mountain

By SammyP988907
I can't believe I hadn't seen this movie earlier! This is so much more than The Gay Cowboy Movie. This is a touching love story. It taught me that love is truly eternal and knows no boundaries. From...

Ang Lee's BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - Unique Universal Love Story

By lugubriousthespian
Ang Lee's acclaimed film BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN not only broke barriers between hetero and homosexual relationships but it amazingly brought people across the world together with its unifying heartfelt...


By coowboys
First, I was like "whoa", but then, I was like "oh geez", but by the end I was like "ahhhh". Then I went back to my flippity floppity floo....

Five Word Review

Almost made me upchuck popcorn!!!!...

Brokeback Mountain review

By Therumrunner5

Love this Movie!

By furiousarah
With all the talk about the brilliant performance by Ledger in this movie-the similarly brilliant performances of the rest of the cast have been overlooked. Great film all-around...I pick Anne...

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Rated R | For sexuality, nudity, language and some violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Mature, intense film about a forbidden gay relationship.
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