A Spanish Inquisitor's (Javier Bardem) plan to curry favor with his superiors backfires after he targets the muse (Natalie Portman) of artist Francisco Goya (Stellan Skarsgård).
" An extraordinarily beautiful film that plays almost like an excuse to generate its images. "
" 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. "
" It's a richly seen and felt movie, but not one with a feel-good message. "
" One of [Forman's] more fanciful [biopics], spinning a historical melodrama around the great Spanish painter Francisco Goya. "
" Rich in color and period detail, the film attempts an epic sprawl it never quite achieves, but the movie is always enjoyable and interesting. "
" While there are probably computer-generated backgrounds and armies on screen, the movie still has the feel of an old-fashioned epic. "
" 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. "
" A punishing misfire. "
" An across-the-board disaster from one of my favorite directors, Milos Forman. "
" 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. "
" Captures the essence of the period -- an intriguing, backward era in Spain -- but without the emotional impact that such a film requires. "
" 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. "
" Misery, misery, misery. "
" The film's greatest moments of artistry are in the credits, which feature a breathtaking gallery of the painter's work. "
" Think of it as an Amadeus that doesn't work. "
" Ultimately Goya's Ghosts left me wanting to watch Amadeus again, for the pleasure of a story well told. "
" Wrong, wrong, wrong, every step of the way. "
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