Synopsis: About the young life and loves of artist Salvador Dalí, filmmaker Luis Buñuel and writer Federico García Lorca.
Round-up: Robert Ebert is pretty much the only major reviewer that truly enjoyed Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca biopic "Little Ashes," and that remains with reservations. "Little Ashes" is absorbing but not compelling," Ebert says. "Most of its action is inward." He ends his review by applauding the film's eroticism, though: "Although a few gay Web sites complain "Little Ashes" doesn't deliver the goods, I find it far more intriguing to find how repressed sexuality express itself, because the bolder sort comes out in the usual ways and reduces mystery to bodily fluids. Orgasms are at their best when still making big promises, don't you find?" The Onion's Scott Tobias' a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/little-ashes,27708/" TARGET="_blank">wouldn't. "The film’s biggest problem," he writes, "beyond the overheated melodrama and paper-thin period trappings, is that the trio’s fictionalized dalliances diminish their real art." A.O. Scott doesn't get down to that nitty-gritty in his New York Times review, but makes clear he's not a fan: "It is all very heady and earnest and excruciatingly dull. This is shocking, since it is hard to imagine anyone less dull than Dalí, Buñuel and García Lorca." The Village Voice's Melissa Anderson a href="http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-05-06/film/little-ashes-is-pattinson-s-attempt-to-expand-past-twilight-fan-base/" TARGET="_blank">places some of the blame on Robert Pattinson, who stars as Dali: "[Pattinson] has difficulty conveying cracked genius, at one point seeming to mimic Jame Gumb's prance in front of the mirror in The Silence of the Lambs until settling on just bugging his eyes out."