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  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Director Paul Morrison ("Wondrous Oblivion") nicely re-creates the period, but puts too much weight on the sexual relationship as determining the men's artistic courses. show more

  • 50
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    If you'd like to know about the famously eccentric psyche of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, whom Pattinson plays, you're better off consulting written biographies. Little Ashes does nothing to illuminate the iconic Spanish artist. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Spanish actress Marina Gatell is exotic and engaging as a young writer drawn to Lorca and puzzled why he is not drawn to her in return. show more

  • 40
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    The story and performances (save for Matthew McNulty’s angry Luis Buñuel) are paint-by-numbers, with social upheaval and sexual adventurism as dramatic as an after-dinner mint. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ashes makes no claims to be an entirely accurate biopic; it's a speculative, impressionistic portrait without a lot of dramatic force or psychological depth. But it's an elegantly designed film that fascinates as often as it frustrates. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Little Ashes is absorbing but not compelling. Most of its action is inward. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Little Ashes succumbs to the dreaded Masterpiece Theater syndrome as a talky historical drama weighed down by self-importance. show more

  • 50
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Anyone interested in hearing the artist's heart-to-hearts properly translated is encouraged to seek out Leonard Cohen's flamenco serenade, "Take This Waltz." show more

  • 50
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    The movie could use less romantic boo-hoo-hoo and more Bunuel: It's engaging whenever Bunuel acts as ringleader or troublemaker, even when he's blustery and piggish. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The problem is that both Philippa Goslett's script and Paul Morrison's direction lack the stylistic craziness - the sense of real, lunatic danger - a project like this desperately needs. show more

  • August 15, 2012 rhmcvay
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    I thoroughly enjoyed the film (it was beautiful), and recommend it because it makes one want to know more about the artists, and that era - be it book, film, documentary, whatever.

  • May 11, 2011 oy00000000090521
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    This is a beautiful movie! Robert Pattinson did a remarkable job portraying Dali\'s mannerisms - I was reminded so much of the Dali that I had seen on TV during my growing up years. He nailed Dali\'s narcissism and decision to choose becoming a celebrity over artistic integrity and human relationships. Javier Beltran played Federico Garcia Lorca wonderfully! I have my fingers crossed that we will get to see much more of him in English speaking movies. After watching this film, I have been moved to learn all that I can about Lorca, Dali, and Bunuel and the time in history that they lived. Little Ashes goes down as one of my all-time favorites!

  • April 15, 2011 Kristin M.
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    I clicked 5 stars instead of 1 star, so I actually upgraded a movie that should be giving 1 star or less!

  • August 01, 2009 jtdybr
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    This movie started as an interesting time piece, but was otherwise horribly flawed. (I normally give good reviews btw.) Dali's mother died of breast cancer, his father then married his mothers sister. Dali met and revered Pablo Picaso. Dali by all reports avoided touch, including sex, but loved to watch. His father hated his wife, he joined and was cast out of the surrealist movement. Cher recounted Dali's clothing optional semi-orgy style parties. And the list goes on. The film ignores nearly all of these details, at best mentioning them or showing them in as brief a fashion as is possible. It instead chooses to make Dali one dimensional. It focuses on showcasing his purported love affair with poet Lorca. I care about Dali the painter, the eccentric, the writer, the sculptor, the son, the husband, the brilliant but rebellious student, the promoter, the genius etc at least as much as Dali the (supposed) gay man. Yet that is nearly the entire focus of this movie. The movie gives limited insight into who Dali truely was, and instead shows a gay relationship that according to evidence might not have been. Dali could have been a mechanic or sandwich maker and it would have made no difference. Do ********* this movie unless you want to see one gay seen after another.

  • July 10, 2009 Ramsesserrano
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    Great movie!!!

  • July 09, 2009 lovethatsexyed
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    I was expecting this film to be in poor taste with raunchy sex scenes given all of the reviews I had read. I actually ended up really enjoying it! The first twenty minutes were a little cheesy though, especially Dali. However, the rest of the movie was a really great love story with a bitter-sweet ending. I wonder if it got bad reviews because people were expecting it to be more of a biography of Salvador Dali. It was obvious to me that it was never intended to be much more than a love story. I would definitely watch it again and recommend it to others.

  • May 13, 2009 LaMiaStella1989
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    I had the pleasure of watching the film "Little Ashes" in San Francisco,CA last night and I truly enjoyed it...I was familiar with Lorca, Dali and Buñuel and was very excited ************** it. Despite all the reviews about it I I believe it was grea

  • May 11, 2009 Estefano0222
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