Little Ashes
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For years, scholars have debated the nature of the relationship between surrealist painter Salvador Dali and poet Federico Garcia Lorca; director Paul Morrison's Little Ashes delves into their personal interaction and their acquaintanceship with Spanish surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel, with whom Dali made L'Age d'Or and Un Chien Andalou. In 1922 Madrid, bohemian lifestyles are flourishing -- from the arrival of jazz music to the en vogue teachings of Sigmund Freud. As the tale opens, Salvador Dali (Robert Pattinson) is only 18, but his dreams of artistic glory lie poised in front… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

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"A bravely earnest and gauzy bit of biography."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Even cinematographer Adam Suschitzky's richly textured and resonantly toned cityscapes and rural scenes can't make up for a flawed script and weak performances in what might have been a powerful historical drama."
‑ Greg Quill, Toronto Star
"It feels as though Morrison and Goslett are trying too hard to emulate the work of their subjects."
‑ George Palathingal, Sydney Morning Herald
"limps along about as lifelessly as one of Dali's melting clocks"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A Pretentious Mess of a Bio-pic In the Worst Sense of the Phrase."
‑ Jimmy O, Film Snobs
"Beltran, for his part, makes a solidly believable Garcia Lorca. The problem is with the man with whom he's obsessed. In Pattinson's performance, we never see what Garcia Lorca sees in Dali."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"What's intended to be a daring look at repressed sexuality, three-ways and all, has the dramatic heft of a true-love comic book."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The drawcard of Robert ''Twilight'' Pattinson as Dali is a mixed blessing for the filmmakers, given how ill-at-ease he is in the role. Javier Beltran, as Garcia Lorca, cast as the heroic centre of the film, cuts a more confident figure."
‑ Philippa Hawker, The Age (Australia)
"Beltran tries to give this flimsy nonsense some weight, but Brits McNulty and Pattinson's attempts at a Spanish accent are woeful."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The movie commits the error of scanting their cultural importance and fixating on Lorca's semi-requited love for Dali."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Little Ashes is stylish enough to beguile and bold enough to provoke, but it's not bright enough to illuminate."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Better to seek out these artists' works firsthand than to settle for this tame rehash, pretty as it may be."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A snapshot of an insight into the life of Salvador Dali, one of the most complex artists in history and it intensifies rather than satisfies our curiosity about him"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"It's not even worth it for Robert Pattinson, who is shown in the movie, nearly fully naked, with his privates tucked between his legs, but everything else showing."
‑ Michael Szymanski, International Press Academy
"Sexual repression claims yet one more victim."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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