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Ask the Dust Reviews

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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.
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
June 3, 2006
A perplexing but ultimately rewarding experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
May 4, 2006
A lush ode to optimism, opportunity and the American dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2006
A pulpy, hard-boiled, ironic tale but with a happy ending
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 30, 2006
Farrell and costar Salma Hayek have rarely been so affecting, or so effective, as self-hating ethnics who find love.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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March 18, 2006
[A] sexy, sensual, romantic, nostalgic adaptation of the novel ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
March 18, 2006
... not for all tastes but far from flavorless.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2006
As a film, Ask the Dust is uneven; as a labor of love, it's a beauty.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
March 16, 2006
Towne and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel beautifully capture Fante's city of the dispossessed, where the seasons never change.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 16, 2006
Their (Colin Farrell & Salma Hayek's) tempestuous relationship teaches the young writer life-changing lessons about love and loss.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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