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Adapted from a novel by John Fante, Robert Towne's Ask the Dust stars Colin Farrell as Arturo Bandini, a young writer who comes to Los Angeles during the Great Depression in order to write a novel. As the film opens, he is down to his last nickel and decides to spend it on coffee in a diner. He is served by Camilla (Salma Hayek), a Mexican beauty he is instantly attracted to even though he treats her horribly during their first interaction. Soon the pair is involved in a relationship that finds them sparring with each other at first, but slowly learning to trust each other. Bandini meets… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although Chinatown writer Towne lovingly depicts the Depression-era LA setting (actually shot in South Africa), the film misfires."
‑ Edward Lawrenson, Time Out
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Director Robert Towne and cinematographer Caleb Deschanel have creatrd a pretty picture but forgot to inject some life into it."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Supporting characters float in and disappear without rhyme, reason or resolution."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"Termina numa nota amarga; não em função de sua história, mas da promessa não realizada de se revelar um filme grandioso, digno de seu diretor."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Something is missing, though. The themes are all there, but the movie doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier and rev you up."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Airless, joyless"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Towne has a perhaps unique ability to make this ill-fated movie romance classically seductive while doing full justice to its authentic subject. [His] canniness as a writer and casual sophistication do wonders for the actors."
‑ Alan Dale,
"It is a odd-sounding, odd-looking piece of work, not uninteresting by any means, but there is something a little forced in both lead performances."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Farrell and costar Salma Hayek have rarely been so affecting, or so effective, as self-hating ethnics who find love."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"[A] sexy, sensual, romantic, nostalgic adaptation of the novel ..."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"A perplexing but ultimately rewarding experience."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
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