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Oscar Flicks' First Takes

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Before this year's "Best Picture" movies were nominated for the Oscars, they had to face the critics just like every other flick. FOX Fan takes a look back at what reaction the films received when they were first released. Check out the good, the bad and, yes, the ugly:

Brokeback Mountain
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway
Released: December 9, 2005

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

"Because Brokeback Mountain has made such a profound impact on so many viewers, I almost feel guilty that I can’t rave about it." — Betty Jo Tucker (ReelTalkReviews.com)

Capote
Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins, Jr., Chris Cooper
Released: September 30, 2005

"A deceptively quiet but hard-hitting story of how destructive forces sparked Capote's creativity — and how that creativity ultimately destroyed him." — Staff (Not credited) (Salt Lake Tribune)

"A biopic of his life could make an interesting 90-minute movie. A film about a short period he spent writing his famous book makes a slow, uninteresting 110-minute movie." — Tony Medley (TonyMedley.com)

Crash
Director: Paul Haggis
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito
Released: May 6, 2005

"Not many films have the possibility of making their audiences better people. I don't expect Crash to work any miracles, but I believe anyone seeing it is likely to be moved to have a little more sympathy for people not like themselves." — Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

"So what kind of a movie is Crash? A frustrating movie: full of heart and devoid of life; crudely manipulative when it tries hardest to be subtle; and profoundly complacent in spite of its intention to unsettle and disturb." — A.O. Scott (The New York Times)

Good Night, and Good Luck
Director: George Clooney
Starring: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels
Released: October 7, 2005

"The only things missing from making this showdown worthy of a Western is Murrow's sheriff's badge, a dusty street and maybe a spittoon for McCarthy's infamous invectives." — Mike Clark (USA Today)

"Where Quiz Show elevated its story to the level of Shakespearean tragedy, Clooney's film is too lightweight to reach such tragic heights." — Nathan Rabin (The Onion/A.V. Club)

Munich
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz
Released: December 23, 2005

"Munich's even-handed cry for peace is not an act of equivocation but one of bravery. What Munich has to say, and its ability to say it to the widest possible audience, couldn't be more needed than it is right now." — Kenneth Turan (The Los Angeles Times)

"It seems almost disrespectful to weave in a provocative re-creation of the killings — somehow a massacre of unarmed innocents that shocked the world should be more than just fodder for ginning up the tension at the end of a commercial movie." — Stephen Hunter (The Washington Post)