The Ghost Writer

2010, Drama/Mystery & thriller, 2h 9m

210 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor. Read critic reviews

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When a successful ghostwriter, the Ghost (Ewan McGregor), agrees to finish the memoirs of Adam Long (Pierce Brosnan), England's former prime minister, his publisher assures him it's the chance of a lifetime. Instead, he begins to uncover evidence that suggests his late predecessor knew a dark secret about Lang and may have been murdered to prevent it from coming to light.

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  • Jul 25, 2013
    A solid political thriller that slowly escalates to tension at the right pace. <i>The Ghost Writer</i> is a well-done proof that Polanski has not lost his auteur signature, as brief visual trademarks that characterized his thrillers of the 60s are present here, from the cinematography to digging the most macabre layers of his characters. Rather than being a film about moral, or a political film about prioritizing international relations rather than $250,000 US dollars, like a Flixster contact called SirPant used to say, it is a film about ghosts: The original title is indeed "The Ghost", which does not only refer to the protagonist but also the ghost of the previous dead ghost writer unraveling deep secrets, the present ghost writer may be located on a ghost island, moving like a ghost among people so his investigation is not uncovered, etc. He concluded: <i>"The film is so full of ghosts!"</i>. Indeed, it is, thanks to Polanski's moody gray atmosphere. 75/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2012
    Not the best conspiracy film but under the hand of Roman Polanski, it entertains you long enough to finish it.
    paul o Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2011
    slow as hell but intriguing polanski film. if you can wait for the pay off you'll be surprised. be warned you could probably read the book before the film ends
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2011
    A fantastic political thriller with almost reckless resemblance to real life. A Ton Blair-ish, edgy Pierce Brosnan and the lady who played his wife were impressive, but it was Ewan McGreggor who played the nameless, symbolic ghost writer who takes the cake. Oh, and did a mention that this is co-written and directed by Roman Polanski?
    Anoop K Super Reviewer

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