...is a careful, deliberately old-fashioned picture which has many admirable qualities. Filmed in South Africa, it creates a distinctive vision of ’30s LA...
Ask the Dust serves as an elegy for both the city that has long informed Towne's best work as well as his career as a writer.
What immediately impressed me about Ask the Dust was its evocation of time and place.
...Hayek...gives the tale a smoldering life that finally lifts it from the page.