The Ghost Writer 2010

The Ghost Writer

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While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor.

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When a successful ghostwriter, the Ghost (Ewan McGregor), agrees to finish the memoirs of Adam Long (Pierce Brosnan), England's former prime minister, his publisher assures him it's the chance of a lifetime. Instead, he begins to uncover evidence that suggests his late predecessor knew a dark secret about Lang and may have been murdered to prevent it from coming to light.

Cast & Crew

Tom Wilkinson
Paul Emmett
Timothy Hutton
Sidney Kroll
Jim Belushi
John Maddox
Robert Pugh
Richard Rycart
Roman Polanski
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Robert Harris
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Pawel Edelman
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Albrecht Konrad
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Dinah Collin
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Critic Reviews for The Ghost Writer

All Critics (206) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (173) | Rotten (33)

  • The dialogue and suspense created by director Polanski are first rate. You will enjoy this film.

    January 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    Ed Koch

    The Atlantic
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    August 9, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film will probably be better remembered as a faithful screen adaptation of the Robert Harris political thriller.

    April 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/5
  • [Contains] a series of fundamentally dispiriting moments that are seemingly insulated from criticism by the Polanski brand.

    April 21, 2010 | Rating: 1/5
  • Whether or not Polanski fully grasps the moral of his own excellent film remains to be seen.

    April 16, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jul 25, 2013
    A solid political thriller that slowly escalates to tension at the right pace. <i>The Ghost Writer</i> is a well-done proof that Polanski has not lost his auteur signature, as brief visual trademarks that characterized his thrillers of the 60s are present here, from the cinematography to digging the most macabre layers of his characters. Rather than being a film about moral, or a political film about prioritizing international relations rather than $250,000 US dollars, like a Flixster contact called SirPant used to say, it is a film about ghosts: The original title is indeed "The Ghost", which does not only refer to the protagonist but also the ghost of the previous dead ghost writer unraveling deep secrets, the present ghost writer may be located on a ghost island, moving like a ghost among people so his investigation is not uncovered, etc. He concluded: <i>"The film is so full of ghosts!"</i>. Indeed, it is, thanks to Polanski's moody gray atmosphere. 75/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2012
    Not the best conspiracy film but under the hand of Roman Polanski, it entertains you long enough to finish it.
    paul o Super Reviewer
  • Dec 30, 2011
    slow as hell but intriguing polanski film. if you can wait for the pay off you'll be surprised. be warned you could probably read the book before the film ends
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2011
    A fantastic political thriller with almost reckless resemblance to real life. A Ton Blair-ish, edgy Pierce Brosnan and the lady who played his wife were impressive, but it was Ewan McGreggor who played the nameless, symbolic ghost writer who takes the cake. Oh, and did a mention that this is co-written and directed by Roman Polanski?
    Anoop K Super Reviewer

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