The Ghost Writer Reviews

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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.
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.
February 25, 2010
The mystery is unraveled a bit too conveniently, and the fatalistic Chinatown ending feels more rehearsed than revelatory.
February 19, 2010
McGregor turns in his best work in recent memory, and Polanski's an expert at building the sort of intense atmosphere that leaves his audience in a state of edgy paranoia.
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.
February 19, 2010
A thriller unfolding in an isolated bunker on a deserted island (well, a posh beach house on Martha's Vineyard) might seem a perfect vehicle for Roman Polanski, but it's too geopolitical for a director of his predilections.
February 19, 2010
Roman Polanski, you are the mayor of Chutzpahtown.
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 19, 2010
February 18, 2010
A squandered opportunity both to take on the real-life crimes of the Iraq War and create genuine tension and suspense.
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
February 17, 2010
Overall feels uneven, sprawling and strangely incomplete.
February 16, 2010
Polanski simply transfers Harris' undistinguished prose direct to the screen and, though the pace picks up marginally in the second half, there's little wow factor in the revelations as they appear.
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