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The Dust Factory (2004)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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A troubled youth learns a valuable lesson about trust and knowledge in this fantasy drama. Ryan (Ryan Kelley) is a teenager who lacks the ability to speak. One day, Ryan falls off a bridge and he finds himself transported to a strange fantasy world where he encounters his Grandpa Randolph (Armin Mueller-Stahl) and a pretty girl named Melanie (Hayden Panettiere); together, Ryan and Melanie learn to help one another with their problems, and they both discover the wisdom they can gain from elders

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Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Eric Small

Mar 22, 2005

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (10) | DVD (7)

A tedious, precious fantasy about a boy faced with choosing between life and death -- an endless existence in limbo is actually more like it.

October 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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It could use a better title, although this awful one certainly captures the film's tedium.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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A well-intentioned but unconvincing fable.

October 14, 2004
Hollywood Reporter
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It would have made a much more powerful short than full-length movie.

October 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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It's all very whimsical and fluffy, but the bottom line is, who cares?

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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I was rooting for the motes.

October 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

one of the most original and imaginative children's films in a long time.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Observer
Dallas Observer

It's the dreariest children's story I've ever seen... gloomy, depressing, and way too long. Somebody get the Hoover - back to dust is where this movie needs to go.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

It's actually just kind of stupid.

October 14, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Comes across like an earnest after-school special disfigured by off-putting fantasy elements and bloated with self-indulgent touches.

October 14, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

When your main character goes off into a fantasy world where anything can happen and absolutely nothing does, that's unfortunate.

October 13, 2004 Full Review Source: Supercala.com
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Audience Reviews for The Dust Factory

Two charming kids and the boy's grandfather spend time in limbo between life and death. It is a strange fantasy world that seems free of trouble except for a creepy circus, which is named the dust factory. The youngsters amidst falling for each other are forced to confront some philosophy about life and death, pleasure and pain. Some of it is thought-provoking. Many of the special effects suggest a fantasy world I've never seen before in a movie, but it is obvious the effects had a low budget. Artistically it seemed the writer/director thought they were being clever dealing with these deep issues, but I was uncomfortable with the death themed circus and many of the grandfather's lessons were nonsensical.
January 11, 2012
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    1. Grandpa Randolph: Dust is a funny thing. It's everywhere all at once, like a teeny, tiny snowstorm, in every ray of light. Even the moon is just a big dust ball. But you know, it's all in the way you look at it. Not this way or that way, not forways or backways. Just believe before you look. The man in the moon has a magic all his own.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (15 months ago)
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