Ask the Dust Synopsis
Based on the novel by John Fante.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Its portrait of an artist hungry for experience is as timely today as when it was written.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By 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...
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The sepia-tinted palette of Ask the Dust drips, reeks and creaks of the seamy side of a city that takes more often than it gives.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The film, which is literary to a fault, includes an earthquake, but if the earth moves at all, thank Hayek, who gives the tale a smoldering...
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
After an hour or so, Ask the Dust seems to have said everything, and the air starts to seep out of its hermetic atmosphere.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ask the Dust is beautifully shot -- sepia becomes the ravishing, affecting Ms. Hayek. Unfortunately the images of the heaving waves of the...
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50

USA Today

By 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...
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The film is a particular disappointment considering its pedigree.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie lacks even the misplaced fervor of obsession. It's lifeless kitsch.
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Rated R | For some sexuality, nudity and language