• 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

Laremy Legel
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: D

May 6, 2011
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
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

May 29, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Little Ashes is stylish enough to beguile and bold enough to provoke, but it's not bright enough to illuminate.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 28, 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
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 21, 2009
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Better to seek out these artists' works firsthand than to settle for this tame rehash, pretty as it may be.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 14, 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
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
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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An exceedingly silly historical fantasy.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

May 8, 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
Peter Debruge
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 8, 2009
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

May 8, 2009
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

May 8, 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
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
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

May 7, 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
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Pattinson and Beltran are stuck with a rudderless script, and they make a soft, dull pair.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C-

May 6, 2009
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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Artists' lives are rarely as interesting as their art, and Little Ashes risks trivializing its subjects' work as mere responses to history.

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

May 6, 2009
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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A typically bombastic lives-of-the-artists production made even more stilted by having all the actors (including the Spanish ones) speak accented English.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 5, 2009
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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All of the technical credits are outstanding; it's the diffuse script that disappoints.

May 5, 2009
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