• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Paul Morrison
    In Theaters:
    May 8, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 26, 2010
  • Regent Releasing


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Little Ashes Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A snapshot of an insight into the life of Salvador Dali, one of the most complex artists in history and it intensifies rather than satisfies our curiosity about him

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 18, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A bravely earnest and gauzy bit of biography.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 26, 2009
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

A pleasurable, old fashioned gay romance with a good measure of art and politics tossed in between the passion.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

May 15, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

It's reductive and overly schematic in the way movies about the literary and intellectual life tend to be.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 13, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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I think you should go ahead and rent the movie.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

May 11, 2009
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Sensual, mature tale of young artists in 1920s Spain.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

May 8, 2009
Kat Halstead
Little White Lies

Wretched and devastating rather than titillating, the pivotal homosexual love affair is beautifully and sensitively handled, resulting in an intense character piece throbbing with innovation and sexual repression.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 8, 2009
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

It might be frolicky and slightly frivolous, but Little Ashes's Entourageian take on the lives of Spain's artistic elite has a fiery passion and some fine central performances.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2009
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

This is basically Costa Del Merchant-Ivory with the thickly accented British members of the cast appearing to have elocution lessons from Fawlty Towers' Manuel. Yet it's an intriguing story, well-served by some neat performances.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2009
Jane Crowther
Total Film

Leaving questions dangling, this isn't the definitive take on Dalí art-lovers may crave. Still, shot on a shoestring, it's nevertheless a lush, involving period drama that proves there are other strings to Pattinson's bow.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2009
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

Little Ashes is an arthouse film filled with bare bottoms, full-frontal nudity and gay passion. You can practically hear Pattinson's army of girl fans weeping into their popcorn.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2009
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times

Paul Morrison's evocation of the meeting in 1920s Madrid and subsequent tortuous relationship of the young Salvador Dalí, Luis Buñuel and Federico Garcia Lorca is such a labour of love that you forgive its incongruities.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

It does boast a lavish recreation of the period, fabulous costumes, the rugged beauty of some prime European locations and enough torrid emotions to make for a captivating period piece.

Full Review Source: Daily Express

May 8, 2009
Matthew Turner

Engaging, beautifully shot and impressively acted drama, though it runs out of steam towards the end and lacks the courage of its convictions.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

May 8, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Little Ashes is absorbing but not compelling. Most of its action is inward.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 7, 2009
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Fascinating...impressively directed, with an extraordinary cast.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

February 27, 2009
Laremy Legel
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D

May 6, 2011
George Palathingal
Sydney Morning Herald

It feels as though Morrison and Goslett are trying too hard to emulate the work of their subjects.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 2/5

March 25, 2010
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)

The drawcard of Robert ''Twilight'' Pattinson as Dali is a mixed blessing for the filmmakers, given how ill-at-ease he is in the role. Javier Beltran, as Garcia Lorca, cast as the heroic centre of the film, cuts a more confident figure.

Full Review Source: The Age (Australia) | Original Score: 2/5

March 25, 2010
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

limps along about as lifelessly as one of Dali's melting clocks

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: D+

September 16, 2009
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