The Ghost Writer Reviews

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December 30, 2019
...succeeds both as a popcorn movie and as a work of political criticism...
July 23, 2019
It's an overripe conspiracy thriller knotted with an unlikely twist. But it's certainly compelling enough. The suspense is taut. Riding this hairpin narrative with McGregor at the wheel is a lot of fun.
June 7, 2019
A good, old-fashioned suspense yarn that culminates with one of the most haunting final shots in years.
May 10, 2019
A small-scale thriller with a deep cast and a neat twist that makes it a cut above most.
February 1, 2019
Polanski navigates superbly the fine balancing act between honouring his story's genuine thriller tension and paranoia, versus its more pulpy, playful bent.
November 5, 2018
The acting and script are stilted at times, but The [Ghost Writer]'s central tension and gloomy atmosphere smooth over any clunky bits, resulting in a sophisticated yet brilliantly simple thriller.
October 4, 2018
The Ghost Writer is a good thriller.
August 30, 2018
This isn't a great film. You won't carry it around in your heart for years to come... But it'll keep you with it right to the very end, which has to be worth something. It may even be worth quite a lot.
January 13, 2018
The dialogue and suspense created by director Polanski are first rate. You will enjoy this film.
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.
November 17, 2011
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.
March 9, 2011
For all of it's mirroring of real life circumstances, The Ghost Writer's shrouded revelations are ever transitory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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