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  • Summary: In the midst of the repression and political unrest of pre-Spanish Civil War, eccentric artist Salvador Dalí and renowned poet and revolutionary Federico García Lorca find their artistic and sexual freedom. The two form a bond challenged by their fierce ambitions, their friends, the struggle between a love for Spain and a love for each other. (Regent Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 20
  2. Negative: 4 out of 20
  1. 75
    Little Ashes is absorbing but not compelling. Most of its action is inward.
  2. 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.
  3. 50
    A painfully sincere study in creative passion, sexual ardor and political zeal that embalms a mad and exuberant historical moment within the talky, balky conventions of period-costumed highbrow soap opera.
  4. 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.
  5. I can't imagine what Dali or Buñuel would have made of such bourgeois sentimentality.
  6. 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.
  7. 25
    An exceedingly silly historical fantasy.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. StuartG
    Oct 13, 2009
    9
    Don't listen to the critics. This film totally peaked my interest in Dal... Robert Patterson does quite well.
  2. lisah
    Dec 22, 2009
    9
    Lovely portrayal. Pattinson delivers nicely, I did not know what to expect was pleasantly surprised. Too much Twilight unfortunately overshadows this young sensitive actor. Expand
  3. AmyM
    Jan 25, 2010
    9
    I did enjoy this film. Robert Pattinson's acting was amazing, he was intense and I think he suited the role of Salvador Dali. I could feel the struggle and heartbreak that Salvador and Federico endured as the film went on. I thought it was fantastic! Well done. Expand
  4. PeggyJ.
    Jan 27, 2010
    9
    Visually beautiful and emotionally compelling. Beltran's portrayal of Lorca's vulnerability and Pattinson's remarkable portrayal of Dali's eccentricities reveal the depth of research these young actors did in order to deliver such sensitive performances. Expand
  5. SamuelC
    Jan 26, 2010
    9
    Thanks to this movie was brilliant because Pattinson's performance give us dali that is pretty amusing, and we can see him in a very unexpectant way, but certainly does not goes off the role of the Spanish eccentric artist. The actings were incredibly fascinating. Overall, it was a good, mind-blowing movie. Expand
  6. MaxM.
    Jan 28, 2010
    8
    Pattinson should stop wasting his time on drivel like Twilight when he has performances like this in him. I could not disagree with the majority of the critics more; I found the film engaging and the ensemble cast excellent. Fact or fiction or somewhere in between, a film worth seeing. Expand

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