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Goya's Ghosts


Academy Award® nominees Natalie Portman and Javier Bardem star in two-time Academy Award® winning director Milos Forman¿s thrilling new romantic drama!

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Intense historical epic is for adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that teens may be interested because Natalie Portman stars, but that the film is too intense for tweens and younger teens. It's loosely based on a particularly violent period of history, perceived by the Spanish artist Francisco Goya. Images of torture (woman hangs naked from the ceiling by her wrists behind her back: very painful looking), rape, emaciated prisoners, riots in the street, soldiers on horseback assaulting crowds, underclass attacking a wealthy man who tries to escape; occasional talk of hanging, decapitation, prostitution, and torture.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the ways that history is portrayed in fictional movies: How does this movie use Goya's ideas (as well as his paintings and other artwork) to shape its own story of the corruption of the time? You might look at some of Goya's famous "Black Paintings" to see how they compare to images in the film. You can also discuss the idea that art can be used to protest social and political injustice, as Goya tried to use his art. Or you can talk about how the film shows his fight against intolerance.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Brett Michel, Boston Phoenix, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Rotten: A punishing misfire.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Friday, August 3, 2007


- Cliff Doerksen, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Master Spanish painter Francisco de Goya is confined here to be a mere middle man, a MacGuffin in a tasteless soap opera set in the midst of two centuries. Milos Forman is a good director, but neither he nor his co-writer, the famous Buuel collaborator Jean-Claude Carrire could follow a truly significant period of Goya's life. It pretends to cover a big span of time, but falls short.

- pier007, Saturday, February 21, 2009

3 stars

Nothing like the Spanish inquisition to make a movie good. Natalie portman gets hung up and tortured until she is a creepy crazy lady, and a Monk dies. It really didn't have much of a point other than to show what the time was like for Goya, but it was fun to watch.

- puffchunk, Wednesday, February 27, 2008

1 star


- Yinali, Friday, May 9, 2008