Oscar Flicks' First Takes

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

"It's a deeply felt, emotional love story that deals with the uncharted, mysterious ways of the human heart just as so many mainstream films have before it. The two lovers here just happen to be men." — Kenneth Turan (The Los Angeles Times)

"This much-ballyhooed gay cowboy melodrama is an inert disappointment." — Phil Hall (FilmThreat.com)

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

"Acting doesn't get much better than Philip Seymour Hoffman's acid-etched, yet oddly poetic, portrait of Truman Capote." — Lou Lumenick (The New York Post)

"...it never grows into anything more than a prolonged and detailed character assassination; the audience just sits there shuddering after every awful thing Capote does." — Dan Callahan (Slant Magazine)
Director: Paul Haggis
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito
Released: May 6, 2005

"This is the rare American film really about something, and almost all the performances are riveting. It asks tough questions, and lets its audience struggle with the answers." — Stephen Hunter (The Washington Post)

"It's a dated, what-about-'Ebony and Ivory' pessimist's fantasy, in which virtually every plot point and line of dialogue is evidence of outlandish bigotry." — Michael Atkinson (The Village Voice)
Good Night, Good Luck
Director: George Clooney
Starring: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels
Released: October 7, 2005

"In ninety-three tight, terrifically exciting minutes, Clooney makes integrity look mighty sexy." — Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)

"The film is like a child's view of these events, untroubled by complexity, hungry for myth and simplicity." — Stephen Hunter (The Washington Post)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciaran Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz
Released: December 23, 2005

"As a thriller, Munich is efficient, absorbing, effective. As an ethical argument, it is haunting." — Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun Times)

"Munich is a Spielberg film for better and worse, a vivid, sometimes simplistic thriller in which action speaks louder than ideas." — Joe Morgenstern (The Wall Street Journal)