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Goya's Ghosts Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 19, 2014
A ridiculous biopic of the great Spanish artist.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 21, 2007
Goya, aqui, é o coadjuvante de luxo de uma história que não faz jus nem mesmo aos seus protagonistas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 10, 2007
A storyline that turns so silly, you half-expect Mel Brooks to show up reprising his "Inquisition" musical number from History of the World Part I.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
September 7, 2007
Goya gets lost as the filmmakers turn Spanish history into a chronicle of easy contemporary targets. They don't just hit the social-political bull's-eye -- they obliterate it with a cannon and inadvertently scorch the dramatic landscape all around it.
| Original Score: C+
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
August 24, 2007
Captures the essence of the period -- an intriguing, backward era in Spain -- but without the emotional impact that such a film requires.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 23, 2007
A disjointed oddity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2007
Think of it as an Amadeus that doesn't work.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
| Original Score: 76/100
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 13, 2007
Forman ought to have put his film to The Question a little longer before letting it loose on the world.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
August 11, 2007
Goya's Ghosts has ambitious goals that it never fully attains. It proves intermittently fascinating but ultimately disappointing.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 8, 2007
A modern sensibility afflicts much of the screenplay, with characters expressing thoughts and opinions for our ears rather than acting as people of that era.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
August 3, 2007
More than two decades ago, Forman gave us Amadeus, a portrait of the historical artist that both captured a time and made its people seem real and recognizable. On that second point, the new film falls far short.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 3, 2007
A punishing misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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