Goya's Ghosts Synopsis
Seeking to curry favor, a Spanish Inquisitor targets the muse of artist Francisco Goya.
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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,...
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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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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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Chicago Sun-Times

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

By Ty Burr
An overstuffed turkey that's entertaining for all the wrong reasons.
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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...
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A Searing Portrait of Goya's world

By D4Reel
Like a Goya painting, this film doesn't flinch in delivering its dark vision. It's actually more about the time and place in which Goya lived, than the painter himself. The film's portrait of...


By riviera
This is Just the kind of movie that I like most! It tells the factual story of figures in history and, most appealing to me, one is an artist. It reveals a window through which we view the culture...

This is not megaplex pablum

By theironduke
So, if you read critical reviews, they are right. there is not a clean and simple plot with a clean and simple hero. The gross historical dates are correct, and the portrayal of the Spanish...

Goya's Ghosts

By swyman
Forman's direction and staging are magnificent! The subjects and people depicted by Goya in his sketches, cartoons and portraits come alive in this wonderful movie. Natalie Portman's acting is...

ghosts is ghastly

By dcfilmfanatic
went to this movie knowing it had gotten mixed (well, let's face it, mostly poor) reviews and left thinking i should believe what i read. great cast totally misused, too many accents, ridiculous...

Goya's Ghosts

By KarenEisenbrey
Thought-provoking and beautifully filmed. Do not expect a biopic about Goya. It's about something else: power, self-interest, truth. No one comes off looking admirable, though Inez, at least, does...

A Magical Trip Into the Past in Europe...

By norm_the_moviegoer
The elements of the Eurpean culture of the past is vividly portrayed in this exceptional movie. The acting is exquisite, and that includes even the minor roles and the many faces in the crowd. Just...

Goya's Ghost a great surprise

By Hill_watcher
Who knew that Natalie Portman was such a fine actor? Along with a cast of virtual unknows, she and they bring the life of Francisco Goya and the insanity of the Spanish Inquisition alive. This is a...

goya great

By gregg murphy

Goya's Ghosts

By Sharon Maher
Must see! Excellent acting! Story is a great history lesson about the cruelty, chaos, and inequity of the time of the Inquisition....

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Rated R | For violence, disturbing images, some sexual content and nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Intense historical epic is for adults only.
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