• R, 1 hr. 57 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Robert Towne
    In Theaters:
    Mar 10, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jul 25, 2006
  • Paramount Pictures

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Ask the Dust Reviews

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Director Robert Towne and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel have creatrd a pretty picture but forgot to inject some life into it.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 7, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Airless, joyless

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Donald Sutherland saunters onscreen, momentarily raising the level of the film, before he ambles back out the door and things sink back down to the listless and pointless pace that typifies this jumbled mess of a movie.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 62/100

April 19, 2007
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

Supporting characters float in and disappear without rhyme, reason or resolution.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 6, 2007
Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org

Towne has a perhaps unique ability to make this ill-fated movie romance classically seductive while doing full justice to its authentic subject. [His] canniness as a writer and casual sophistication do wonders for the actors.

Full Review Source: Blogcritics.org

November 1, 2006
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

full review in Greek

Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Original Score: 2/5

October 3, 2006
Edward Lawrenson
Time Out
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Although Chinatown writer Towne lovingly depicts the Depression-era LA setting (actually shot in South Africa), the film misfires.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Termina numa nota amarga; não em função de sua história, mas da promessa não realizada de se revelar um filme grandioso, digno de seu diretor.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 8, 2006
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

It is a odd-sounding, odd-looking piece of work, not uninteresting by any means, but there is something a little forced in both lead performances.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

June 3, 2006
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

A perplexing but ultimately rewarding experience.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

June 3, 2006
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A curiously resistable drama, despite several strong elements -- the most notable being newcomer Idina Menzel.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

June 2, 2006

Like the desert beyond, the film is arid and airless.

Full Review Source: BBC | Original Score: 2/5

May 23, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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Something is missing, though. The themes are all there, but the movie doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier and rev you up.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

May 12, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The elements never quite come together, and the main characters never quite spring to life.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This film is too dull to really spring to life.

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 6, 2006
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

A lush ode to optimism, opportunity and the American dream.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2006
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit

A pulpy, hard-boiled, ironic tale but with a happy ending

Full Review Source: Movie Habit | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 14, 2006
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal

The characters are well drawn, but their relationships are not, making the viewing experience passive.

Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 10, 2006
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

No one gets away unscathed in Robert Towne's overblown attempt at transfiguring John Fante's novel to film.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

April 9, 2006
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Farrell and costar Salma Hayek have rarely been so affecting, or so effective, as self-hating ethnics who find love.

| Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2006
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