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The Ghost Writer Reviews

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Damon Smith
Scotsman
April 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
April 16, 2010
Hitchcock would approve.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4.0
Nigel Floyd
Film4
April 16, 2010
A supple, amusing, lightweight entertainment graced with likeable performances and an effective, unobtrusive score.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
April 16, 2010
Whether or not Polanski fully grasps the moral of his own excellent film remains to be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
April 16, 2010
It relies on an unusual premise, intriguing characters and expertly generated tension to involve us; and that's just what it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
April 16, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
April 16, 2010
A routine thriller elevated by Polanski's direction and an A-list cast, who are never stretched.
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
April 16, 2010
A little long at over two hours, it's still a tense and sinister journey through the dark side of politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
April 15, 2010
Polanski's most enjoyable film for a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrew Dex
Fan The Fire
April 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
April 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Leo Robson
Financial Times
April 15, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
April 15, 2010
The best thing I've seen so far this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matt Arnoldi
The Skinny
April 15, 2010
Directed ably by Polanski, The Ghost is a cogent and chilling conspiracy thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 15, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
April 14, 2010
An entertaining, gripping and well made thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
April 14, 2010
Beautifully directed and superbly written, this is a thoroughly gripping thriller with terrific performances from Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan and Olivia Williams.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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