The Ghost Writer Reviews

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January 10, 2011
I would not put the narrative conceit The Ghost Writer perpetrates in its final moments past a doped up high school sophomore in a screenwriting elective.
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.
August 9, 2010
While an intriguing political thriller, it disappointingly lacks the atmosphere of Roman Polanski's previous masterpieces.
August 8, 2010
A stylish and capable thriller, but one that somehow ends up being disappointingly less than the sum of its parts.
August 2, 2010
This lazily plotted and performed political snoozer has to be one of the most disappointing films I've seen all year.
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.
April 21, 2010
[Contains] a series of fundamentally dispiriting moments that are seemingly insulated from criticism by the Polanski brand.
April 21, 2010
It loses direction as Harris' rage is channelled through some clunky plot developments.
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...
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.
March 11, 2010
As the ghostwriter makes his evaluation at the start of The Ghostwriter, you realize, unhappily, that this is the movie over-explaining itself.
March 6, 2010
The Ghost Writer could be a disappointing career capper should the wheels of justice finally start rolling.
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.
March 5, 2010
The result is a political thriller refreshingly long on grown-up dialogue yet lamentably shy on, well, thrills. This chatty thing does go on.
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.
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.
March 4, 2010
How odd that the two latest films by two of the world's greatest living filmmakers should be adaptations of bestsellers set on islands off the coast of Massachusetts. And that both should be disappointing.
February 28, 2010
Seems pale, weightless and--compared to the best paranoid thrillers--surprisingly ephemeral.
February 26, 2010
The setup is the stuff of fantastic political exploration, which makes the generic payoff all the more disappointing.
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