• R, 1 hr. 54 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Milos Forman
    In Theaters:
    Jul 20, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Feb 26, 2008
  • Samuel Goldwyn Films


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Goya's Ghosts Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media

Intense historical epic is for adults only.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 16, 2010
Fernando F. Croce

Cumbersome and often stilted, Goya's Ghosts remains a worthy drama

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 27, 2009
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Reminds us of the wisdom behind the title of Goya's most famous etching: 'The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.'

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 3/4

August 24, 2007
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly

Goya's Ghosts is less about the eponymous painter than it is a gripping two-part story of politics and faith during and after the Spanish Inquisition.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 23, 2007
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Goya's Ghosts is a smart, darkly funny and deeply pessimistic film. It looks good and features wonderful performances.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 76/100

August 18, 2007
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

What Forman doesn't give us is drama of sure coherence or credibility, but the trappings entrance.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 10, 2007
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Goya's Ghosts uses the lives of artists and historical figures to show us the best and the worst of our human impulses.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

August 10, 2007
Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
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It's a richly seen and felt movie, but not one with a feel-good message.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

August 9, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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While there are probably computer-generated backgrounds and armies on screen, the movie still has the feel of an old-fashioned epic.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 3, 2007
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

he acting is rather good, but only Ms. Portman and Mr. Quaid really shine.

Full Review Source: Greenwich Village Gazette | Original Score: 2.7/5

July 29, 2007
Tony Medley

...an involving soap opera with a terrific performance by Natalie Portman.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 9/10

July 27, 2007
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

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 Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4.5/5

July 23, 2007
Harvey S. Karten

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 Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

July 22, 2007
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

July 20, 2007
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

July 20, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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One of [Forman's] more fanciful [biopics], spinning a historical melodrama around the great Spanish painter Francisco Goya.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 20, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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An extraordinarily beautiful film that plays almost like an excuse to generate its images.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

July 20, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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Goya's Ghosts, the new feature from the director Milos Forman, is an unwieldy mix of political satire and lavish period soap opera.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

July 20, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Not a perfect film, but its implications have profound resonance.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 4, 2007
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