• 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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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

For a movie about revolutionary artists whose motto was No limits, there(TM)s a long list of things holding back Little Ashes.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

May 7, 2009
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy

It's not even worth it for Robert Pattinson, who is shown in the movie, nearly fully naked, with his privates tucked between his legs, but everything else showing.

Full Review Source: International Press Academy | Original Score: 2/10

August 18, 2009
Rick Mele
AskMen.com

An intriguing and muddled relationship between three brilliant artists is downgraded into a tedious and lurid art-world soap opera full of convoluted love triangles.

Full Review Source: AskMen.com | Original Score: 22/100

May 21, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The movie, with its badly painted backdrops, its stiff acting and its complete lack of dramatic momentum, is embarrassing to watch.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

June 5, 2009
Greg Quill
Toronto Star
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Even cinematographer Adam Suschitzky's richly textured and resonantly toned cityscapes and rural scenes can't make up for a flawed script and weak performances in what might have been a powerful historical drama.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

May 22, 2009
Matt Stevens
E! Online

Soggy plotting and Pattinson's tepid turn keep Ashes from catching fire.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: C

May 7, 2009
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Little Ashes is a case of too little of this and too much of that, and like the rumored affair, nothing of substance to hold on to.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 8, 2009
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
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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A noble effort, that ultimately left me disappointed and unfulfilled.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

May 11, 2009
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D

May 6, 2011
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine

With a melodramatic score that alternates between sad violin and romantic guitar, and repetitive reaction shots of Lorca and Dalí in all their dreamy-eyed longing, Little Ashes is broadstroked filmmaking at its most tedious.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 0/4

May 3, 2009
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
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

A strictly genius guy thing billed as historical fantasy, as this trio of high IQ party animal sexaholics, among them a defanged low testosterone Pattinson as Dali, frolic at a college resembling an antique Animal House.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

May 7, 2009
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Exactly the kind of flavorless bourgeois froth that the men it takes for its subjects would have ridiculed mercilessly.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 3/10

May 15, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The meandering film has moments of urgency, particularly when it focuses on Lorca, his growing politicization and the mystery surrounding his disappearance. But that arrives too late to redeem what has gone before.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

May 7, 2009
Stan Hall
Oregonian

While it eventually improves, the first quarter-hour of Paul Morrison's drama about the youthful exploits of Spanish artists Salvador Dali, Frederico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunuel is cringe-worthy.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

May 22, 2009
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday

It's an interesting scenario, but its workaday execution couldn't be further from the avant-garde aspirations of its protagonists.

Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday

May 13, 2009
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)

The only viewers on whom the film is likely to make a big impression are young fans of Robert Pattinson, the heart-throb star of Twilight. For them, watching their idol's unrestrained performance as Dali will be quite a crash course in surrealism.

Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK) | Original Score: 2/5

May 13, 2009
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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In the end, it doesn't satisfy as fact-based bio or love story, but we appreciate the effort.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

May 8, 2009
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

In art there's nothing more damning than being called tedious and simple; Ashes is both.

Full Review Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 1/5

May 7, 2009
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