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Goya's Ghosts

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Miloš Forman

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Plot Summary

Academy Award® nominees Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem star in two-time Academy Award® winning director Milos Forman's thrilling new romantic drama! Goya's Ghosts is a sweeping historical epic, told through the eyes of celebrated Spanish painter Francisco Goya (Skarsgard). 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. When Goya's beautiful muse (Portman) is accused of being a heretic, renowned painter Francisco Goya (Skarsgard) must convince his old friend Lorenzo (Bardem), a power-hungry monk and leader of the Spanish Inquisition, to spare her life.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 86
  • Fresh: 26
  • Rotten: 60
  • Average Rating: 4.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Goya's Ghosts is Milos Forman's first film since 1999, but you sincerely wish it wasn't. A logy, rambling period piece, it feels about as far away from the spirit of Amadeus as it's possible to get with wigs and britches. – Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times, Sep 20, 2007

Rotten: 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, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: 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. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jul 21, 2007

Rotten: 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. – Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, Jul 28, 2007

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Customer Reviews

Great acting, great props, cool idea, never watch it again

Natalie Portman was the only reason I finished the movie. I needed closure and it never came. I walked away from it unsatisfied like I was promised a hearty meal and was served tapas.


This film is a huge mess, such a waste of such a premise, director, and actors. I've never guffawed at such a serious topic. This was almost as ridiculous as the History of the World, Part I...inadvertently. Avoid it if at all possible!

Rent something else!

Good beginning, average middle, dreadful end. Overall, this really is a boring film.

Goya's Ghosts
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2008

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