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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 36 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    All credit to a finely tuned Brosnan for packing so much intensity and wayward wit into his scenes with McGregor. Their verbal duels make for a dazzling game of cat-and-mouse. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Here's another thought: This old man who can't leave the house has just made the first important film of 2010. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Marked by clever twists and turns, the story unfolds at just the right pace. The dialogue -- adapted by Polanski and British writer Robert Harris from Harris' novel The Ghost-- is incisive and interspersed with wit. show more

  • 100
    Wall Street Journal

    The Ghost Writer is so rich you may feel you paid too little for your ticket when the whole thing meets its very Polanski-ish climax. Please don't tell anyone. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Loaded with Hitchcockian hugger-mugger, this is a genre Polanski clearly revels in. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Despite the packed plot adapted by Polanski and Robert Harris from Harris' novel -- the pacing feels oddly slack. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    This is a slicker, shallower exercise. It's hypnotic as it unfolds, but once the credit roll frees you from its grip, it doesn't bear close scrutiny. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This movie is the work of a man who knows how to direct a thriller. Smooth, calm, confident, it builds suspense instead of depending on shock and action. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Polanski turns a conventional conspiracy thriller into a triumph of tone, ensemble playing and atmospheric menace. show more

  • 75
    Ann Hornaday Washington Post

    Offers an unusually astute glimpse of power at its most alluring and corrosive. show more

  • August 14, 2010 drarthurwells
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    Superbly crafted film, with an extraordinarily effective musical score to accent emotion, flawed by an improbable and politically contrived (biased) plot. If only Polanski had put such effort into a believable film! Russia kills its citizens who are verbally critical of the Russian government, as Putin has done, but the USA makes heroes out of such people (even when they are involved in terrorists attacks against the USA, like past members of the Weathermen terrorist). The plot of this movies is ridiculous, otherwise it would have been a5 star movie. Leftists will believe the movie's plot though. Polanski's anti-American feelings (stemming from his sexual abuse of a child and conviction in the USA) is evident in the plot of this film.

  • August 07, 2010 jackd1207
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    Pretty good acting. Lame story line. Bush, Blair, Haliburton, and the CIA all torturing terrorists. Really? Is that the best you've got? I hate movies with a politcal slant. Hey, Roman! It's the Obama administration that's trying to get you extradited, not Bush.

  • May 10, 2010 JOHN
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    Interesting movie. Polanski clearly tried for a Hitchcock-type suspense theme here, and nearly pulled it off. Very moodly and atmospheric. Not up to his best (I could watch Chinatown every week), but not a bad way to spend a couple of hours.

  • May 01, 2010 Paul
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    Don't listen to the critics. I kept waiting and waiting for this movie to become involving and it never did. A complete waste of money and time. Avoid like the plague.

  • April 26, 2010 boland7214
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    Save your money----don't go! The best part of this was Eli Wallach playing an old coger. Other than that the best part was the eerie music. There must be better things to spend time on...than this boring movie!!! Good luck!!!

  • April 12, 2010 Bbr1992
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    Stupid unbelievable storyline with ridiculous ending. The whole idea behind the movie is to discredit President Bush and his counterpart in the United Kingdom for their actions in Iraq. Just a lot of political Hollywood nonesense once again-- Bush, CIA, Iraq theme. Boring.

  • April 10, 2010 ROTORBABE2
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    Excellent thriller! McGregor never ceases to amaze me with his versatility.Verbal duals with Brosnan intense. Wilkinson creepy as usual. The "wife"....very odd persona, hard to read, but I guess that's the point. Kudos to the location scout! Perfect , moody spot for the mesmerizing intrigue & suspense. Surprising & sad end...but it had to happen.Thanks Mr. P.

  • April 10, 2010 think!!!
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    you've got to be kidding. stupid, nonsense. all atmosphere but lacking story. even solid acting and ok direction can't save this bomb. it's all about whats in the script. this one came up real short. a dog.

  • April 06, 2010 map1246
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    The movie was banal. It reeked of 1970's paranoia. A waste of two hours.

  • March 31, 2010 MarlenaLS
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    Not a bad way to spend a few hours. Loved the cast, the mood of the film. Overdubs to cover up the F-words were ridiculous though! Very amateurish.


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