The Ghost Writer Reviews

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January 13, 2018
The dialogue and suspense created by director Polanski are first rate. You will enjoy this film.
November 17, 2011
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.
April 22, 2010
The film will probably be better remembered as a faithful screen adaptation of the Robert Harris political thriller.
April 21, 2010
[Contains] a series of fundamentally dispiriting moments that are seemingly insulated from criticism by the Polanski brand.
April 16, 2010
Whether or not Polanski fully grasps the moral of his own excellent film remains to be seen.
April 15, 2010
Polanski's most enjoyable film for a very long time.
April 15, 2010
The thread of black humour that runs throughout the film compensates for its occasional moments of madness. It's a film just silly enough to be taken deadly seriously.
April 15, 2010
The script shows butterfingers habits when it comes to narrative detail, and the final revelation holds little interest. But Polanski's approach is always magical. Even when diluted, it casts a potent spell.
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
The swirl of visual poetry, political intrigue and personal zeal that Polanski creates gets under your skin and brings an icy hand up your back. This is moviemaking.
March 5, 2010
Polanski is in total command of his medium, something that hasn't been a sure thing since the 1970s, The Pianist notwithstanding.
March 4, 2010
Another director would almost certainly have bobbled this devilish mixture of paperback suspense, political chicanery, and jet-black comedy. In Polanski's hands, it's an unholy pleasure: a diversion that stings.
March 4, 2010
As an exercise in craft, it's surprisingly successful, thanks to the strong cast and the vivid depiction of a modern leader's security apparatus.
March 3, 2010
It's not one of Polanski's masterpieces, but The Ghost Writer doesn't dilute his reputation as a master of suspense.
March 1, 2010
The best thing Polanski has done since the seventies, when he brought out the incomparable Chinatown and the very fine Tess.
February 26, 2010
Like the Swiss clocks that must have watched over his editing suite, Polanski's flick ticks away relentlessly -- at 128 minutes, the film doesn't make us impatient for a second.
February 26, 2010
The Ghost Writer is minor Polanski but it's one of the rare thrillers these days that plays up to you instead of down.
February 26, 2010
Brosnan and Williams are the real highlights, both such dynamos that you feel their absence and yearn for their return during the long stretches when McGregor is mucking about on his own.
February 26, 2010
Brosnan, long past his James Bond days, has ripened as an actor; he's outstanding.
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