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

Little Ashes Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 18, 2010

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

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic
June 26, 2009

A bravely earnest and gauzy bit of biography.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 15, 2009

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

Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 13, 2009

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

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
Top Critic
May 11, 2009

I think you should go ahead and rent the movie.

Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
May 8, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kat Halstead
Little White Lies
May 8, 2009

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
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
May 8, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
May 8, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jane Crowther
Total Film
May 8, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
May 8, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Martin Hoyle
Financial Times
May 8, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 8, 2009

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.

Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 8, 2009

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
May 7, 2009

Little Ashes is absorbing but not compelling. Most of its action is inward.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
February 27, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Laremy Legel
Film.com
Top Critic
May 6, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: D
George Palathingal
Sydney Morning Herald
March 25, 2010

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
March 25, 2010

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 | Original Score: 2/5
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
September 16, 2009

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

Full Review | Original Score: D+
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