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Ask the Dust Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

… totally dull and average. Read full review

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  • 3.0
    58

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The movie lacks even the misplaced fervor of obsession. It's lifeless kitsch.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though the film offers a meticulously rendered Depression-era L.A., it's not in the same league as "Chinatown," for which Towne wrote an Oscar-winning script. Here, the characters seem shallow, their motivations murky.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Ask the Dust is beautifully shot -- sepia becomes the ravishing, affecting Ms. Hayek. Unfortunately the images of the heaving waves of the Pacific in the moonlight, of mountains rising over scrub and cactus in the sunlight here, serve only to emphasize the emptiness of the drama unfolding in the foreground.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The film is faithful to the book's tone of dark ache and much of its detail and for the most part terrifically cast. But Towne can't overcome an essential challenge of the material: Arturo and Camilla are constructs and ciphers as much as they are vivid characters -- difficult roles, to be sure. Neither the screenplay nor the actors manage to get far under their skin.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Ask the Dust requires an audience with a special love for film noir, with a feeling for the loneliness and misery of the writer.

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