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August 14, 2010
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
August 07, 2010
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
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 07, 2010
I rather enjoyed the mystery and suspense as an evening out. Like the TV s' Mission Impossible, I had to follow closley. Going to the movies is entertainment and when "ghost" finally took out the guests' "auto to use" it turned out to be a brand new BMW suv. Boy, I was sitting there wishing I was the one driving that baby! ...and he left it on a ferry boat!! Therefore, he got hit for it! Ha!
May 01, 2010
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.
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Offers an unusually astute glimpse of power at its most alluring and corrosive. Full Review
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. Full Review
The Ghost Writer is a triumph: elegant, accomplished, and (this is the hardest part to admit) occasionally even wise. Full Review
What the picture most needed was a complete cinematic rethink and, yes, even some action to move it along. Full Review
As with most political thrillers, The Ghost Writer emphasizes plot development and atmosphere over action. It's an "adult" thriller as opposed to one designed for viewers suffering from ADD. Full Review