Box art for Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain

drama, romance


Brokeback Mountain is a sweeping epic that explores the lives of two young men, a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection. The complications, joys and heartbreak they experience provide a

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    87%
  • Audience Score
    82%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
5 out of 5

Mature, emotionally complex film isn't for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a mature, emotionally complicated film that isn't appropriate for kids. The movie is focused on a lifelong relationship between two male cowboys. Their meeting and discovery of mutual desire at film's start is pictured in a rough-seeming sex scene (with fairly explicit activity); from then on, their physical relationship is less overt. They argue, wrestle, and occasionally come to sexual-tension-filled blows. Characters curse (including use of "f--k" and homophobic slang), smoke, and drink hard liquor in a "manly" manner. Married couples also argue, as wives come to resent their husbands' "other" interests.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the film's treatment of Jack and Ennis' relationship. How do their lying and betrayal affect their wives and children? Also, families can talk about whether or not it was "brave" for Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger to take their roles.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Audience Reviews

4 stars

"Brokeback Mountain" features acting of the highest caliber. Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and especially Michelle Williams give some tremendous performances. "Brokeback Mountain" is not only a showcase for brilliant acting and Ang Lee's exquisitely detailed direction, but as a portrait of masculinity, homosexuality and the ever changing 60s/70s. This is a fine motion picture in every respect.

- stevenecarrier, Thursday, November 11, 2010

3 stars

overrated.

- citawijaya, Thursday, November 4, 2010

4 stars

An absolute jewel to kick off 2006. In many ways, Brokeback marked the year's turn towards intelligent 'issue' films, something that has been sorely missing from Hollywood for years. Indeed, the very style and nature of this affecting love story evokes the integrity of 70s dramas such as Dog Day Afternoon and Chinatown, films that raised 'hot topics' not for the point of explotation, but with sensitive subjectivity. Brokeback is superbly directed by Ang Lee, granting incredibly evocative imagery, mostly from nature itself, and convinces us of the time period passed with ease. Ledger astonishes, though, with by miles his career-best performance, playing a man so embittered by life that he has almost totally retreated into himself, very occaisonally shedding light on his thoughts and feelings with absolute believability. NOT a 'gay movie' with regards to what that normally entails, BM instead paints a tragically romantic picture for everyone to experience.

- guttersnipe28, Monday, October 18, 2010