Goya's Ghosts
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"Goya's Ghosts" is a sweeping historical epic, told through the eyes of celebrated Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Set against the backdrop of political turmoil at the end of the Spanish Inquisition and start of the invasion of Spain by Napoleon's army, the film captures the essence and beauty of Goya's work which is best known for both the colorful depictions of the royal court and its people, and his grim depictions of the brutality of war and life in 18th century Spain. Brother Lorenzo, an enigmatic, cunning member of the Inquisition's inner circle who becomes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 30%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Captures the essence of the period -- an intriguing, backward era in Spain -- but without the emotional impact that such a film requires."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"A ridiculous biopic of the great Spanish artist."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Goya, aqui, é o coadjuvante de luxo de uma história que não faz jus nem mesmo aos seus protagonistas."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Reminds us of the wisdom behind the title of Goya's most famous etching: 'The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters.'"
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Think of it as an Amadeus that doesn't work."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A punishing misfire."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Intense historical epic is for adults only."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"A storyline that turns so silly, you half-expect Mel Brooks to show up reprising his "Inquisition" musical number from History of the World Part I."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"A disjointed oddity."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"It's a richly seen and felt movie, but not one with a feel-good message."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Misery, misery, misery."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Cumbersome and often stilted, Goya's Ghosts remains a worthy drama"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Goya gets lost as the filmmakers turn Spanish history into a chronicle of easy contemporary targets. They don't just hit the social-political bull's-eye -- they obliterate it with a cannon and inadvertently scorch the dramatic landscape all around it."
‑ Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
"Goya's Ghosts is less about the eponymous painter than it is a gripping two-part story of politics and faith during and after the Spanish Inquisition."
‑ John Thomason, Orlando Weekly
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