The Ghost Writer
The Ghost Writer (2010)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 3, 2010
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Polanski is in total command of his medium, something that hasn't been a sure thing since the 1970s, The Pianist notwithstanding.

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Andrew Sarris
Film Comment Magazine

In the total context of Polanski's hard life and grim ordeals ... The Ghost Writer constitutes a miracle of artistic and psychological resilience.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The result is a political thriller refreshingly long on grown-up dialogue yet lamentably shy on, well, thrills. This chatty thing does go on.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

So elegant, so deliciously scary, so masterfully controlled that you feel tingles of bliss even as your skin crawls.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It's a slow build that hints at something big from the beginning but unravels nicely throughout.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

The Ghost Writer is tense, unsettling and deeply thrilling because of the way a master filmmaker looks at the world.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
A populist ghost writer is employed to rewrite the memoirs of a former Prime Minister but when the politician is accused of war crimes, he becomes increasingly… More
Jens S.
Very entertaining and atmospheric conspiracy thriller with a likable leading man and quite a few memorable scenes. It's the gloomy weather on the island,… More
Candy Rose
Ewan plays a ghost writer who takes up a job to ghost write the memoirs of the ex British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce). Ewan's predecessor and former… More
paul oh
Not the best conspiracy film but under the hand of Roman Polanski, it entertains you long enough to finish it.
Josh Lewis
A deliberately paced and well rounded political thriller with strong performances and gorgeous cinematography. I found myself staring into the background and… More
Anthony Lawrie
The original title of the film and also the correct title of the book on which it is based is The Ghost. The Ghost writer doesn't work as a title as the… More

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