The Ghost Writer
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When a successful British ghost writer, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start-not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang's long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA-and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"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."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Polanski is in total command of his medium, something that hasn't been a sure thing since the 1970s, The Pianist notwithstanding."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"In the total context of Polanski's hard life and grim ordeals ... The Ghost Writer constitutes a miracle of artistic and psychological resilience."
‑ Andrew Sarris, Film Comment Magazine
"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."
‑ Dave White, Movies.com
"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."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"The result is a political thriller refreshingly long on grown-up dialogue yet lamentably shy on, well, thrills. This chatty thing does go on."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"So elegant, so deliciously scary, so masterfully controlled that you feel tingles of bliss even as your skin crawls."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a slow build that hints at something big from the beginning but unravels nicely throughout."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"For all of it's mirroring of real life circumstances, The Ghost Writer's shrouded revelations are ever transitory."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"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."
‑ Jordan Hiller, Bangitout.com
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"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."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The Ghost Writer is tense, unsettling and deeply thrilling because of the way a master filmmaker looks at the world."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"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."
‑ Matt Neal, The Standard
"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."
‑ Steve Newall, Flicks.co.nz
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