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The Ghost Writer Reviews

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March 25, 2010
The film plays slightly flat with little in the way of style that distinguishes it as the work of an auteur.
March 24, 2010
Polanski does a good job at keeping things tense, but comparisons with Hitchcock are overly flattering...
February 25, 2010
Considering that it's been more than a decade since The Ninth Gate, you'd think Polanski would have had more in store.
Read More | Original Score: B-
February 19, 2010
There's no shortage of wit and intelligence in the dialogue, but 'The Ghost Writer' is just too elementary and conventional.
February 26, 2010
If The Ghost Writer has a fatal flaw, it resides not with the cast but with the truly hideous ending. ... It's laugh-out-loud, groan-worthy bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2010
This lazily plotted and performed political snoozer has to be one of the most disappointing films I've seen all year.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 5, 2010
Sometimes it's a Chinatown. Sometimes not so much. When it comes to celebrating Mr. Polanski's finest works -- maybe we can ascribe this one to The Ghost.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
August 8, 2010
A stylish and capable thriller, but one that somehow ends up being disappointingly less than the sum of its parts.
March 5, 2010
Tthe actors were so intimidated by Polanski's reputation or so baffled by the listless script that almost none of them makes any impression at all.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 6, 2010
The Ghost Writer could be a disappointing career capper should the wheels of justice finally start rolling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 18, 2010
A squandered opportunity both to take on the real-life crimes of the Iraq War and create genuine tension and suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
February 17, 2010
Overall feels uneven, sprawling and strangely incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 9, 2010
While an intriguing political thriller, it disappointingly lacks the atmosphere of Roman Polanski's previous masterpieces.
March 20, 2010
Polanski's movie does a slow, methodical disintegration. More movies should do it that well. Cliche is rarely done with such style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 5, 2010
(I)n a world where the genre has been overdone to death, nothing Polanski brings to the mix is new, novel - or entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 27, 2010
An aggressive extreme seductress who is on the brink of nearly raping the gullible Ghost, when cornering him in his tub with an offer of towels to dry his tush, doesn't do the trick in this possibly covert bio.
February 19, 2010
Roman Polanski, you are the mayor of Chutzpahtown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 9, 2010
It is good to see Polanski exercising his gift for the sinister. It's a spooky world he evokes here but its architecture doesn't hang together, which is a great pity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2010
Neither bore nor wild travesty, The Ghost Writer idles in tentative horror for most of its 130 minutes and often feels as if its production team, Polanski included, can't fully comprehend what they are putting to screen
| Original Score: 2.5/5
February 19, 2010
"The Ghost Writer" isn't Polanski's worst movie (that would be "The Ninth Gate"), but it's sluggish and conventional and a long way from his great ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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