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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    An oddly structured tale about Francisco Goya and the Spain that he lived and worked in. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    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. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Below-the-line credits are terrific, which only increases an overwhelming sense of disappointment with the film's failed ambitions. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Goya's Ghosts is like the sketchbook Goya might have made with a camera. show more

  • 75
    Glenn Kenny Premiere

    Ghosts is one of Forman's most ambitious and daring films; would that all of its ambitions were fulfilled. show more

  • 63
    Marta Barber Miami Herald

    Captures the essence of the period -- an intriguing, backward era in Spain -- but without the emotional impact that such a film requires. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    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. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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: an overblown melodrama complete with coincidence building upon coincidence and plot threads that are left unresolved. show more

  • 38
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    An overstuffed turkey that's entertaining for all the wrong reasons. show more

  • September 28, 2008 SDIDESIGN
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    Wonderful movie!!!

  • May 22, 2008 mfinn29919
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    Well what a great subject for a movie. It appeared to have an OK budget, star power all the fixins. It started out promising but quickly faded into a made for television type film. I gave up on it at the 94 minute mark. My European history teacher would roll over in her grave at the liberties taken here.I give it one and one half stars.

  • May 22, 2008 yechielelchonen
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    Previously Portman/Hershlag would not remove her cloths for entertainment. But now she has decided she must make a sacrafice for the Jewish people. Anti-semitsim must be combated. And so- viola! Her breasts are there for your examination (The crowd goes wild). On examinig her beutiful body in all it's wonder how can gentiles view Jews as strange creatures ever again? However it won't work of course. Too bad.

  • May 22, 2008 seyidda
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    It really sucked. It could have been so much more. Javier and Natalie had such chemistry. What a shame.

  • May 22, 2008 tmavanti
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    Wow. Powerful and Emotional film.I loved traveling back in time, I imagine what it must have been like to live during the inquisition, frightful! There are some graphic scenes and Portman does an outstanding job with her characters.Javier is dramatic and mysterious and an incredible actor. I want to see more films with him in them! (reminds me of Robert Downey Jr.)I enjoyed the historical recount, costumes, makeup and scenery but felt Goya's story came second. I was disappointed when it ended.I rate it excellent and would see it again!

  • May 22, 2008 marciafr415
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    No explosions, no stupid stunts, no incomprehensibly ornate plot.JUst a beautiful movie to look at, extraordinary performances by Portman playing two entirely different women, and even some history! The brutality of the Inquisition and the equally brutal French Revolution are depicted in strong-== very strong!- scenes.Reproductions of Goya's black works are shown behind the credits. I had never seen these pictures before, so I was educated while I was being entertained.Rating: excellent.

  • May 22, 2008 truewestgirl
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    I enjoyed it also. I enjoyed Natalie, Stellan and Javier and it was a relief to be over ambitious.........and it was an EPIC tale but did not have the budget that that would take - so they made do...and that was refreshing. I loved the art work and although it probably did not work overall - I dug this film. It made me think and reflect and for that I was grateful. Thank god for young actresses like Portman - who are not in jail......but are pros and do good work. A delight....and she was magnificent.

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