"A big, sweeping, and rapturous Hollywood love story that could turn out to be the most revolutionary movie of the year! A film in which love feels almost as if it were being invented. It is also a rare crowd-pleaser with the potential to change hearts and minds."
For pure emotional impact it was hard to top Ang Lee's groundbreaking Brokeback Mountain, a love story, based on Annie Proulx's great short story, that left few dry eyes."
"… played with great imploded passion, by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. What a relief to see homegrown movies that aren't always in a rush."
"Lee's skillful and faithful adaptation of Annie Proulx's short story, aided by screenwriters Larry McMurty (Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show) and Diana Ossana, coaxes a haunting, persuasive atmosphere along with a rich, yet understated passion. The latter attribute is embodied by Ledger's performance as the laconic Ennis Del Mar, which had many in the audience touting him for an Oscar nomination.
"Both Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger give nomination-worthy co-lead performances."
"Ang Lee's daring, stirring…" "By now we have learned to expect fine performances from Jake Gyllenhaal, and he certainly gives another one, but the great discovery is Heath Ledger, who reveals the tortured soul of a Marlboro-manly American deeply in love with a man."
"Ang Lee was quietly returning to form with a genuinely bold film. Brokeback Mountain is very likely the most audacious neo-Western ever made."
"…the gradual unraveling of Brokeback Mountain's warm central relationship, beautifully plotted by Larry McMurtry from an E. Annie Proulx short story…"
"The love story is neither unconvincing nor tawdry, and while Jake Gyllenhaal is predictably good, the real breakthrough here is Heath Ledger in a surprisingly nuanced turn as Gyllenhaal's partner."