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Goya's Ghosts Reviews

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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Fear
Time Out
January 18, 2008
| Original Score: 3/6
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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
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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
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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.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 4, 2007
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 3, 2007
A punishing misfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 23, 2007
Wrong, wrong, wrong, every step of the way.
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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.
| Original Score: C-
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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
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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.
| 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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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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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 20, 2007
An overstuffed turkey that's entertaining for all the wrong reasons. It may in fact be the comedy of the summer, a melodramatic folly whose ambitions consistently curdle into camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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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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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2007
Goya's Ghosts is Milos Forman's first film since 1999, but you sincerely wish it wasn't. A logy, rambling period piece, it feels about as far away from the spirit of Amadeus as it's possible to get with wigs and britches.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 19, 2007
Portman is saddled with the worst role. Ines spends much of her screen time acting blighted and deranged, a condition not improved by Portman's penchant for stage theatrics.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 19, 2007
There's an unfortunate tendency in this movie for the forces of history to overtake scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 19, 2007
Handsome but stilted.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 19, 2007
Given the bad buzz that has attended this latest collaboration between director Milos Forman and producer Saul Zaentz -- it's a pleasant surprise to find that Goya's Ghosts is both far from an embarrassment and a generally fine piece of work.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
July 19, 2007
Goya's Ghosts...has no clear purpose, no clear message and no clear central character. Like most costume dramas these days, it dwells on the gore, filth and violence of the past -- but toward what end is never apparent.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 19, 2007
The problem with Goya's Ghosts lies in its conception of Goya himself, who is depicted as being both a blithe suck-up and embittered moralist.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 2007
Goya's Ghosts is such a botch, it left me yearning for a little digital bombast.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 17, 2007
The movie is uneven in the extreme, to the extent that it feels like two imperfectly wed pictures. The first, while not extraordinary, at least contains some interesting ideas. The second borders on embarrassing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Charles Petersen
Village Voice
July 17, 2007
Distinctly Goya in its emphasis on the grotesque, it shows none of the Spaniard's artistic economy.
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
May 3, 2007
With its riffs on art, its split-in-half story and Goya-esque production design, you can see it reaching for grand ideas about actions and their reverberations, but it merely rumbles on, illuminating neither the artist nor his tumultuous times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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November 13, 2006
Ambitious script is stranded between entertainment and intellectualism, leaving us with a magnificent folly, thoroughly watchable for its visuals but ultimately hollow.