Goya's Ghosts Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 16, 2010
Intense historical epic is for adults only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
Cumbersome and often stilted, Goya's Ghosts remains a worthy drama
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 24, 2007
Reminds us of the wisdom behind the title of Goya's most famous etching: 'The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Thomason
Orlando Weekly
August 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4.5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
August 18, 2007
Goya's Ghosts is a smart, darkly funny and deeply pessimistic film. It looks good and features wonderful performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 10, 2007
What Forman doesn't give us is drama of sure coherence or credibility, but the trappings entrance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 10, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
August 9, 2007
It's a richly seen and felt movie, but not one with a feel-good message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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
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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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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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
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 20, 2007
An extraordinarily beautiful film that plays almost like an excuse to generate its images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
July 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 19, 2007
Not a perfect film, but its implications have profound resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 4, 2007
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