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Little Ashes Reviews

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
May 7, 2009
For a movie about revolutionary artists whose motto was No limits, there(TM)s a long list of things holding back Little Ashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
August 18, 2009
It's not even worth it for Robert Pattinson, who is shown in the movie, nearly fully naked, with his privates tucked between his legs, but everything else showing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Rick Mele
May 21, 2009
An intriguing and muddled relationship between three brilliant artists is downgraded into a tedious and lurid art-world soap opera full of convoluted love triangles.
Full Review | Original Score: 22/100
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 5, 2009
The movie, with its badly painted backdrops, its stiff acting and its complete lack of dramatic momentum, is embarrassing to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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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
Matt Stevens
E! Online
May 7, 2009
Soggy plotting and Pattinson's tepid turn keep Ashes from catching fire.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
George Palathingal
Sydney Morning Herald
March 25, 2010
It feels as though Morrison and Goslett are trying too hard to emulate the work of their subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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Laremy Legel
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: D
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
May 3, 2009
With a melodramatic score that alternates between sad violin and romantic guitar, and repetitive reaction shots of Lorca and Dalí in all their dreamy-eyed longing, Little Ashes is broadstroked filmmaking at its most tedious.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
March 25, 2010
The drawcard of Robert ''Twilight'' Pattinson as Dali is a mixed blessing for the filmmakers, given how ill-at-ease he is in the role. Javier Beltran, as Garcia Lorca, cast as the heroic centre of the film, cuts a more confident figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Prairie Miller
May 7, 2009
A strictly genius guy thing billed as historical fantasy, as this trio of high IQ party animal sexaholics, among them a defanged low testosterone Pattinson as Dali, frolic at a college resembling an antique Animal House.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
May 15, 2009
Exactly the kind of flavorless bourgeois froth that the men it takes for its subjects would have ridiculed mercilessly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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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
Stan Hall
May 22, 2009
While it eventually improves, the first quarter-hour of Paul Morrison's drama about the youthful exploits of Spanish artists Salvador Dali, Frederico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunuel is cringe-worthy.
Nicholas Barber
Independent on Sunday
May 13, 2009
It's an interesting scenario, but its workaday execution couldn't be further from the avant-garde aspirations of its protagonists.
Edward Porter
Sunday Times (UK)
May 13, 2009
The only viewers on whom the film is likely to make a big impression are young fans of Robert Pattinson, the heart-throb star of Twilight. For them, watching their idol's unrestrained performance as Dali will be quite a crash course in surrealism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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
Matt Pais
May 7, 2009
In art there's nothing more damning than being called tedious and simple; Ashes is both.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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