Ask the Dust
Ask the Dust (2006)

Legendary screenwriter Robert Towne's Ask the Dust is based on the novel of the same name by John Fante. Colin Farrell stars as Arturo Bandini, a struggling young writer living in Los Angeles who makes the acquaintance of waitress… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 25, 2006
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Hayek is luminous, Farrell seems miscast, and the film fails to capture the gritty, lively edginess of the book upon which it's based.

Edward Lawrenson
Time Out

Although Chinatown writer Towne lovingly depicts the Depression-era LA setting (actually shot in South Africa), the film misfires.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Director Robert Towne and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel have creatrd a pretty picture but forgot to inject some life into it.

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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Something is missing, though. The themes are all there, but the movie doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier and rev you up.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

Ask the Dust is one of the most eagerly awaited cinematic projects of 2006, which may be why it lands with such a curious thud.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Airless, joyless

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Farrell and costar Salma Hayek have rarely been so affecting, or so effective, as self-hating ethnics who find love.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[A] sexy, sensual, romantic, nostalgic adaptation of the novel ...

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Donald Sutherland saunters onscreen, momentarily raising the level of the film, before he ambles back out the door and things sink back down to the listless and pointless pace that typifies this jumbled mess of a movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Arash Xak
"I looked for Camilla everywhere,and everywhere I looked,all the faces seemed like mine.Tight. Worried. Lost. Faces with the blood drained away.Faces like… More
Mike T.
Robert Towne's uneven character study has sparse great moments, but there were enough strong ideas to keep me engaged. This is a flawed piece that requires… More
danny d
this film wanted to be great, and could have been so, but it missed the mark. at least average, it failed with oddities of the story and uncomfortable moments… More
Lee Kyle
I hate to sound like a chauvinist here, but aside from the Salma Hayek nude scenes here nothing else more to see.
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Ask the Dust", it is the 1930's when Arturo Bandini(Colin Farrell) has had a story published in H.L. Mencken's… More