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The Ghost Writer Reviews

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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.
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
May 1, 2011
The Ghost Writer is tense, unsettling and deeply thrilling because of the way a master filmmaker looks at the world.
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
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+
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
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
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
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
October 8, 2010
Polanski at near the top of his form
August 27, 2010
Polanski does an excellent job evoking an increasing sense of paranoia and danger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
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
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-
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.
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
August 12, 2010
[E]legant, gripping... gorgeously simple to look at yet deeply involving in its story...
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.
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
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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