User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
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  1. JayH.
    Feb 21, 2008
    5
    5.5/10. Forman, Bardem, Portman. What happened?? It's not a bad film by any means, but with this talent, I would expect great. Superb sets and costumes, fine cinematography. The problem lies with the characters that don't involve you in the film. It isn't very deep, and a film of this nature needs that very much.
  2. BV.
    Aug 19, 2007
    4
    A messy film, one that doesn't really know which narrative threads to follow. There are at least three main characters, of which Goya is certainly not the front runner. Very little is actually said about the artist, or how the horror of the Inquisition and its causalities affects his work. It might be worth watching for its few effective scenes, particularly the intense A messy film, one that doesn't really know which narrative threads to follow. There are at least three main characters, of which Goya is certainly not the front runner. Very little is actually said about the artist, or how the horror of the Inquisition and its causalities affects his work. It might be worth watching for its few effective scenes, particularly the intense dinner-meets-torture one. Expand
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. 70
    Ambitious script is stranded between entertainment and intellectualism, leaving us with a magnificent folly, thoroughly watchable for its visuals but ultimately hollow.
  2. 50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Charles Petersen
    50
    The film takes as many plot-twists as "Pirates of the Caribbean"; distinctly Goya in its emphasis on the grotesque, it shows none of the Spaniard's artistic economy.