Dust to Glory
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Documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, who created a visually striking look at the world of surfing in 2003's Step Into Liquid, hits dry land running in this portrait of the world of off-road racing. The Baja 1000 is one of the world's premier desert racing events; taking place both on and off the roads in and around Baja California, the annual road rally pits drivers against punishing conditions as they attempt to cover the thousand-mile course in 36 hours or less. With a wide variety of different vehicles competing -- from modified trucks to stock Volkswagens -- Dust to Glory takes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Contestants have 32 hours to finish the race, and unless off-road racing is your thing, Dust to Glory can sometimes feel like it lasts about that long."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"I can't say Dust to Glory... qualifies as a great documentary, but it chronicles an event that speaks to the raw instinct to face a challenge and conquer it."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"Brown lays the sentimentality on so much that it almost brings the whole production down. Luckily there's lots of tremendous shots and a solid story to keep it going."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"A total hodge-podge of relatively random footage from the Baja 1000."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Director and chief cheerleader Dana Brown averages almost one hyperbole per mile in his souped-up infomercial."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"Brown does a very good job of getting across the daredevil thrill of it all."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"One needn't be an auto racing fan to appreciate the athletes depicted in Dana Brown's intriguing documentary about the Baja 1000 off-road race."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"Dust to Glory is a valentine from a committed fan, full of gee-whiz idolizing that -- for this viewer, anyway -- quickly wears thin."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Could be more tightly focused, but its funny, audacious and profoundly exciting moments are abundant enough to keep it running."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"As with Step into Liquid, Brown proves in Dust to Glory that the thrill of high-speed racing can be shared by fans and non-fans alike."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
""Dust To Glory" is a satisfying thrill ride that allows the viewer to experience the raw excitement of a race that few people have the stones or mental wherewithal to participate in."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"The images from this wild race are spectacular at times."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Short of attending in person, Dust to Glory is the best way to experience what one driver called 'a 24-hour plane crash.'"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"While accidents are awful (even when they take place off camera), they do clarify the risk involved here."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
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