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The Ghost Writer Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
Film Comment Magazine

In the total context of Polanski's hard life and grim ordeals ... The Ghost Writer constitutes a miracle of artistic and psychological resilience.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 20, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It's a slow build that hints at something big from the beginning but unravels nicely throughout.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

July 31, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

The Ghost Writer is tense, unsettling and deeply thrilling because of the way a master filmmaker looks at the world.

Full Review Source: Parallax View

May 1, 2011
Dave White

Polanski's a master of carefully drawing you in that cold gray place where everything is wrong, no one sleeps well and secrets are hidden from the hapless main character until it's too late for anyone to make it out with their lives or souls intact.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 4, 2011
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

For all of it's mirroring of real life circumstances, The Ghost Writer's shrouded revelations are ever transitory.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: B+

March 9, 2011
Matt Neal
The Standard

The great thing about Brosnan's performance is that his character's shadow looms over the entire film, yet Brosnan never resorts to chewing the scenery or becoming a Blair charicature.

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

February 17, 2011
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

Polanski's skills are obvious in his compositions and patience, and a nervous energy hovers over much of the picture...yet I consistently felt disengaged, like the pacing was mismanaged.

Full Review Source: Film and Felt | Original Score: 58/100

January 30, 2011
Steve Newall

An often-tense affair that comes with just the right amount of cynicism, a great cast, and one that treats the audience with a modicum of intelligence.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2010
Brandon Judell

Polanski at near the top of his form

Full Review Source: CultureCatch

October 8, 2010
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

Polanski does an excellent job evoking an increasing sense of paranoia and danger.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 27, 2010
Marc Fennell
Channel 10 Australia

The Greyscale Adventures Of Tony Blair: SuperSpy (as I call it) is a deliberately directed, well acted and classy treatment of a plot that is so balls-out ridiculous I firmly believe the writer wears a tin-foil hat.

Full Review Source: Channel 10 Australia

August 17, 2010
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Polanski grinds the gears to entertaining effect, never losing pace from beginning to end, while not necessarily offering anything new.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 7/10

August 17, 2010
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

We're all entitled to our own opinions regarding his past but Polanski deserves credit as a filmmaker. The Ghost Writer proves that he's as good as ever at the age of 77.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: A-

August 16, 2010
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Polanski's master touch, his attention to framing, lighting, to every detail, and his wicked visual witticisms make it a joy for any film lover. Welcome back, Roman.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

August 12, 2010
Lisa Nesselson

This effort joins the director's Frantic in the "jet-lag" category where mind and body can never quite catch up with a new, deeply problematic -- and probably dangerous -- environment.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2010
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[E]legant, gripping... gorgeously simple to look at yet deeply involving in its story...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

August 12, 2010
Nick Dent
Sunday Mail (Australia)

In every respect, this is an exemplar of the art of the thriller. Directors like Polanski are a dying breed. We need more of them.

Full Review Source: Sunday Mail (Australia)

August 11, 2010
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Stylish and gripping, The Ghost Writer features a master filmmaker at his very best and a story writhing in personal vendetta.

Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

August 11, 2010
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)

Though Polanski might be a shadow of the filmmaker he once was, he still knows how to push, prod and deceive an audience every which way.

Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)

August 10, 2010
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