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The Ghost Writer Reviews

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Andrew Sarris
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 2013
In the total context of Polanski's hard life and grim ordeals ... The Ghost Writer constitutes a miracle of artistic and psychological resilience.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 31, 2012
It's a slow build that hints at something big from the beginning but unravels nicely throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View
May 1, 2011
The Ghost Writer is tense, unsettling and deeply thrilling because of the way a master filmmaker looks at the world.
Dave White
April 4, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
For all of it's mirroring of real life circumstances, The Ghost Writer's shrouded revelations are ever transitory.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Neal
The Standard
February 17, 2011
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 30, 2011
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 | Original Score: 58/100
Jordan Hiller
January 10, 2011
I would not put the narrative conceit The Ghost Writer perpetrates in its final moments past a doped up high school sophomore in a screenwriting elective.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Newall
November 7, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Judell
October 8, 2010
Polanski at near the top of his form
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 27, 2010
Polanski does an excellent job evoking an increasing sense of paranoia and danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marc Fennell
Channel 10 Australia
August 17, 2010
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.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
August 17, 2010
Polanski grinds the gears to entertaining effect, never losing pace from beginning to end, while not necessarily offering anything new.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: A-
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
August 12, 2010
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.
Lisa Nesselson
August 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
August 12, 2010
[E]legant, gripping... gorgeously simple to look at yet deeply involving in its story...
Nick Dent
Sunday Mail (Australia)
August 11, 2010
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.
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 11, 2010
Stylish and gripping, The Ghost Writer features a master filmmaker at his very best and a story writhing in personal vendetta.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)
August 10, 2010
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.
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