Little Ashes Reviews

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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2009
A bravely earnest and gauzy bit of biography.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 29, 2009
Beltran, for his part, makes a solidly believable Garcia Lorca. The problem is with the man with whom he's obsessed. In Pattinson's performance, we never see what Garcia Lorca sees in Dali.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 28, 2009
Little Ashes is stylish enough to beguile and bold enough to provoke, but it's not bright enough to illuminate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
May 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 21, 2009
What's intended to be a daring look at repressed sexuality, three-ways and all, has the dramatic heft of a true-love comic book.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 14, 2009
Better to seek out these artists' works firsthand than to settle for this tame rehash, pretty as it may be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
May 11, 2009
I think you should go ahead and rent the movie.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
May 11, 2009
A noble effort, that ultimately left me disappointed and unfulfilled.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 8, 2009
An exceedingly silly historical fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 8, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
May 8, 2009
For much of its running time, Little Ashes wavers between the polite, stuffy style of a Masterpiece Theater production and the more pointed agenda of gay indie cinema.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 8, 2009
Director Paul Morrison nicely re-creates the period, but puts too much weight on the sexual relationship as determining the men's artistic courses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 8, 2009
The tangled three-way friendship of Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali and Federico Garcia Lorca could make for a fascinating movie. Instead, we have Little Ashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 8, 2009
In the end, it doesn't satisfy as fact-based bio or love story, but we appreciate the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 7, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 7, 2009
The film's biggest problem, beyond the overheated melodrama and paper-thin period trappings, is that the trio's fictionalized dalliances diminish their real art.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 7, 2009
Little Ashes is absorbing but not compelling. Most of its action is inward.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
May 6, 2009
Pattinson and Beltran are stuck with a rudderless script, and they make a soft, dull pair.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
May 6, 2009
Artists' lives are rarely as interesting as their art, and Little Ashes risks trivializing its subjects' work as mere responses to history.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
May 5, 2009
A typically bombastic lives-of-the-artists production made even more stilted by having all the actors (including the Spanish ones) speak accented English.
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
May 5, 2009
All of the technical credits are outstanding; it's the diffuse script that disappoints.