Goya's Ghosts Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 3, 2007
Misery, misery, misery.
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 3, 2007
While there are probably computer-generated backgrounds and armies on screen, the movie still has the feel of an old-fashioned epic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 2, 2007
The film's greatest moments of artistry are in the credits, which feature a breathtaking gallery of the painter's work.
| Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 2, 2007
Feels like an unsatisfying outline for a bigger, better fil
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
July 29, 2007
he acting is rather good, but only Ms. Portman and Mr. Quaid really shine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.7/5
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
July 27, 2007
...an involving soap opera with a terrific performance by Natalie Portman.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
July 26, 2007
[Milos] Forman has long wanted to make a movie about the Spanish Inquisition that reflected his own dire experience under Nazi and Communist regimes. This is it. But in realizing his dream, he seems to have lost track of the film's central subject.
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
July 26, 2007
Anytime you emerge from the theater praising the scenery more than the scenes, there's a serious problem with the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 23, 2007
Wrong, wrong, wrong, every step of the way.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
July 23, 2007
But in the end Goya's Ghosts is a far riskier and more provocative film than others released this summer, less because it targets relevant issues than the fact it refuses to take a stance on them on one side or the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
July 22, 2007
Despite some unintentional laughs and the difficulties some actors have with the English language, 'Goya's Ghosts' is worth seeing for the color, the costumes, and an education into the perils of irrationality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 20, 2007
If Forman is trying to communicate that art isn't an effective way to change American society, he's proved his point neatly with this muddled, wandering dud.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 20, 2007
The film's seriousness of intent is unimpeachable but the execution borders on farce.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 20, 2007
It has grand scale and grand ambitions, and in the midst of our annual silly season at the movies I would like to suggest that, flawed as it is, the film does reward our serious attention.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 20, 2007
Ultimately Goya's Ghosts left me wanting to watch Amadeus again, for the pleasure of a story well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 20, 2007
Rich in color and period detail, the film attempts an epic sprawl it never quite achieves, but the movie is always enjoyable and interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pam Grady
Reel.com
July 20, 2007
The biggest problem with the movie isn't the actors or even the half-baked script; it is that it never successfully draws one into its world. Watching Goya's Ghosts, one begins to daydream about Michael Palin.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 20, 2007
An across-the-board disaster from one of my favorite directors, Milos Forman.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 20, 2007
Fascinating ideas do hover, like mournful specters, around the edges of this meticulously detailed movie. But then they disappear, leaving us vaguely sad and unsettled, with nothing solid to grasp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 20, 2007
One of [Forman's] more fanciful [biopics], spinning a historical melodrama around the great Spanish painter Francisco Goya.
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