Ask the Dust - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Ask the Dust Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
March 10, 2006
Despite acute period detail and gorgeous desert cinematography by Caleb Deschanel from a South African locale, real life doesn't always shape up into a tightly structured script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 24, 2006
Who would have guessed that Robert Towne, the writer of Chinatown, could make a movie as awful as Ask the Dust? It has it all -- one-dimensional characters, one-dimensional set and idiotically arch dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Scott Huver
March 10, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Airless, joyless
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 16, 2006
With its sunset colors and haunting music, Ask the Dust is very beautiful. And very empty.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 7, 2010
Director Robert Towne and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel have creatrd a pretty picture but forgot to inject some life into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
March 13, 2006
Generates all the heat of a snow cone.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Eric D. Snider
March 23, 2006
The details add up to a story, but it's not cohesive and fluid enough to be engaging. How are we supposed to love the characters when we never understand their behavior?
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
The elements never quite come together, and the main characters never quite spring to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 10, 2006
Watching it is like being in a restaurant where the waiter brings out a luscious platter of food, then keeps walking right past you. All night long.
| Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
April 9, 2006
No one gets away unscathed in Robert Towne's overblown attempt at transfiguring John Fante's novel to film.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 9, 2006
While the movie evokes the period well, thanks mostly to the stellar cinematography of Caleb Deschanel, it is a flawed and leaden adaptation of John Fante's seminal novel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 16, 2006
The film outstays its welcome and winds up with an unsatisfying thunk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Willie Waffle
March 23, 2006
You get to see Hayek naked, and Ask The Dust still doesn't seem worth the price of admission!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
March 13, 2006
A minimalist melodrama that's badly frayed at the seams and threatening to unravel.
| Original Score: 1/4
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 26, 2006
[Director Robert Towne] may have been passionate about the project but that passion does not materialize on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 29, 2006
An excessively melodrama story filled with cliches about writing.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 6, 2006
This film is too dull to really spring to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 8, 2006
Fueled by shame and prejudice, the doomed relationship of these two proud self-haters is more drunken knife fight than transcendent love affair.
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