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The Ghost Writer Reviews

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Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 25, 2010
The film plays slightly flat with little in the way of style that distinguishes it as the work of an auteur.
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 24, 2010
Polanski does a good job at keeping things tense, but comparisons with Hitchcock are overly flattering...
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Sam Adams
Los Angeles Times
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.
| Original Score: B-
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 19, 2010
There's no shortage of wit and intelligence in the dialogue, but 'The Ghost Writer' is just too elementary and conventional.
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
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
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
August 2, 2010
This lazily plotted and performed political snoozer has to be one of the most disappointing films I've seen all year.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
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
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
August 8, 2010
A stylish and capable thriller, but one that somehow ends up being disappointingly less than the sum of its parts.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
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
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
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
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
February 17, 2010
Overall feels uneven, sprawling and strangely incomplete.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
August 9, 2010
While an intriguing political thriller, it disappointingly lacks the atmosphere of Roman Polanski's previous masterpieces.
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
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
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
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
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 19, 2010
Roman Polanski, you are the mayor of Chutzpahtown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
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
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
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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