75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
There is so little emotionally or intellectually at stake in most popular entertainment that Goya's Ghosts, Milos Forman's challenging, compelling and wildly uneven film, shoots like a cannonball into the solar plexus. I can't remember when I've been so physically and mentally shattered.
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75

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Ghosts is one of Forman's most ambitious and daring films; would that all of its ambitions were fulfilled.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An oddly structured tale about Francisco Goya and the Spain that he lived and worked in.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Goya's Ghosts is like the sketchbook Goya might have made with a camera.
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63

Miami Herald

By Marta Barber
Captures the essence of the period -- an intriguing, backward era in Spain -- but without the emotional impact that such a film requires.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Although the period feeling is convincing, Forman doesn't seem to know exactly what he wants to say about this intensely complex era - and that leaves his cast floundering.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Below-the-line credits are terrific, which only increases an overwhelming sense of disappointment with the film's failed ambitions.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
The film's seriousness of intent is unimpeachable – Forman and Carriere see disturbing echoes of the modern world in 18th-century Spain -- but the execution borders on farce.
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38

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An overstuffed turkey that's entertaining for all the wrong reasons.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In a season of digital bombast, it can be a relief to walk into a stodgy life-of-the-great-man costume drama. Goya's Ghosts, before it turns into a messy, horse-drawn load, achieves a civilized stuffiness that gives off its own mild pleasure.
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52 out of 100
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