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The Ghost Writer Reviews

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Damon Smith

Polanski polishes the lacklustre material and his impeccable style creates the illusion of suspense where our steady pulse tells us there is none.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2010
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times

Hitchcock would approve.

Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Original Score: 4.0/4.0

April 16, 2010
Nigel Floyd

A supple, amusing, lightweight entertainment graced with likeable performances and an effective, unobtrusive score.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4/5

April 16, 2010
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

Whether or not Polanski fully grasps the moral of his own excellent film remains to be seen.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

April 16, 2010
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]

It relies on an unusual premise, intriguing characters and expertly generated tension to involve us; and that's just what it does.

Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

April 16, 2010
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

The result is certainly Polanski's best film in years and one can only hope his current legal woes - facing extradition to the US over his 1977 conviction in an underage sex case - don't detract from a thriller that oozes intrigue and Hitchcockian menace.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

April 16, 2010
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo

A routine thriller elevated by Polanski's direction and an A-list cast, who are never stretched.

Full Review Source: Liverpool Echo

April 16, 2010
Alex Zane
Sun Online

A little long at over two hours, it's still a tense and sinister journey through the dark side of politics.

Full Review Source: Sun Online | Original Score: 3/5

April 16, 2010
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph

Polanski's most enjoyable film for a very long time.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 4/4

April 15, 2010
Andrew Dex
Fan The Fire

Though it will likely be overshadowed by the on-rushing summer blockbusters, The Ghost Writer offers something different and a welcome getaway from feather-lite narratives we're all too used to in modern cinema.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

As when Coppola made The Rainmaker, perfectly adequate as it was, there's a sense that Polanski is comfortable plying his expertise: a decent professional job, untroubled by the virtues of art.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2010
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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The thread of black humour that runs throughout the film compensates for its occasional moments of madness. It's a film just silly enough to be taken deadly seriously.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

The Ghost isn't Polanski's best work, but it's a more worthwhile project than the 2005 Oliver Twist remake, his only other movie since winning a best director Oscar for The Pianist in 2003.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/4

April 15, 2010
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy

Polanski reminds us he's an old hand at building suspense and, even though the plot spirals out of control at the end, The Ghost remains deliciously unnerving.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Leo Robson
Financial Times

The script shows butterfingers habits when it comes to narrative detail, and the final revelation holds little interest. But Polanski's approach is always magical. Even when diluted, it casts a potent spell.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Robbie Collin
News of the World

The best thing I've seen so far this year.

Full Review Source: News of the World | Original Score: 5/5

April 15, 2010
Matt Arnoldi
The Skinny

Directed ably by Polanski, The Ghost is a cogent and chilling conspiracy thriller.

Full Review Source: The Skinny | Original Score: 4/5

April 15, 2010
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

Polanski never lets things get too self-regarding, liberally sprinkling the script - co-written with Harris - with some nice touches of humour from the novel and the change to the ending actually ties things up more neatly.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2010
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK

An entertaining, gripping and well made thriller.

Full Review Source: Future Movies UK | Original Score: 7/10

April 14, 2010
Matthew Turner

Beautifully directed and superbly written, this is a thoroughly gripping thriller with terrific performances from Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan and Olivia Williams.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

April 14, 2010
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