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Ask the Dust Reviews

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Alan Dale
Blogcritics.org
November 1, 2006
Towne has a perhaps unique ability to make this ill-fated movie romance classically seductive while doing full justice to its authentic subject. [His] canniness as a writer and casual sophistication do wonders for the actors.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
June 8, 2006
Termina numa nota amarga; não em função de sua história, mas da promessa não realizada de se revelar um filme grandioso, digno de seu diretor.
| Original Score: 3/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
June 3, 2006
A perplexing but ultimately rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
Something is missing, though. The themes are all there, but the movie doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier and rev you up.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
May 4, 2006
A lush ode to optimism, opportunity and the American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
April 14, 2006
A pulpy, hard-boiled, ironic tale but with a happy ending
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 30, 2006
Farrell and costar Salma Hayek have rarely been so affecting, or so effective, as self-hating ethnics who find love.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 24, 2006
Ask the Dust has occasional lapses in energy, sagging noticeably about the two-thirds mark. Still, it rallies in the final reel, generating enough emotion to move filmgoers.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 24, 2006
Fante's novel comes to the screen as if dipped in butterscotch: Its abrasive surface has been coated with a golden, sticky glow.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
March 20, 2006
This is not a movie for the masses. It is, however, a small film about real life hardships and their tragic consequences.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2006
[A] sexy, sensual, romantic, nostalgic adaptation of the novel ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 18, 2006
Ask the Dust requires an audience with a special love for film noir, with a feeling for the loneliness and misery of the writer, and with an understanding that any woman he meets will be beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
March 18, 2006
Whether or not you're familiar with John Fante, if you like novels, you'll like Ask the Dust.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 18, 2006
... not for all tastes but far from flavorless.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 17, 2006
As a film, Ask the Dust is uneven; as a labor of love, it's a beauty.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 17, 2006
It is to the credit of Towne and his cast ... that Ask the Dust is able to convey Fante's passion without making it seem affected.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 17, 2006
What gives Ask the Dust its quiet vitality -- beyond Farrell's muscular yet delicate portrayal -- is the fear of failing to grasp the brass ring that appears through much of the movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
March 16, 2006
Towne gets L.A. (that strange combination of wide-open spaces and close-quarter moral rot) like nobody else. Still, there's a persisting dreariness at the film's center.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 16, 2006
Towne and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel beautifully capture Fante's city of the dispossessed, where the seasons never change.
| Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 16, 2006
Their (Colin Farrell & Salma Hayek's) tempestuous relationship teaches the young writer life-changing lessons about love and loss.
| Original Score: 3/4
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