The Ghost Writer Synopsis
A ghostwriter uncovers a dark secret while working on the memoirs of England's ex-prime minister.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Here's another thought: This old man who can't leave the house has just made the first important film of 2010.
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100

Wall Street Journal

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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....
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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...
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
All credit to a finely tuned Brosnan for packing so much intensity and wayward wit into his scenes with McGregor. Their verbal duels make...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Satisfying, melancholy political suspense story.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Loaded with Hitchcockian hugger-mugger, this is a genre Polanski clearly revels in.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In Polanski’s hands, it’s an unholy pleasure: a diversion that stings.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Marked by clever twists and turns, the story unfolds at just the right pace. The dialogue -- adapted by Polanski and British writer Robert...
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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...
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Despite the packed plot adapted by Polanski and Robert Harris from Harris' novel -- the pacing feels oddly slack.
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Going to go out on a limb here....

By lovestalentmoviefan
and say,it was good,but not as great as people and critics are saying. Convincing and talented acting,suspenseful enough tale and nice score (although somewhat misleading in areas). What keeps it from...

Ghost Writer

By kmaclay
Moody, suspenseful film acted and filmed to perfection!...

THE GHOST WRITER

By kbg cineaste
A terrific, engaging, intelligent and unpredictable thriller from Roman Polanski with all of the requisite tension and dread that his artistry can summon from even the most banal or mundane...

Ghost Writer

By Miskin121
Liked it. Acting and directing great. Recommend it for adult audiences. Cinematography and music were excellent....

BORING SLOW IRRITATING NO START UP

By Say It Isnt So
PIERCE BROSNAN HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED AT TRUE GEISERHOOD WHICH WAS A BIG TURN OFF. BOYISH LOOKS WITH A GEISER DRAWL YUK. GET A FACE LIFT BROS! THE MOVIE NEVER GOT MOVING. MY POPCORN WAS MORE...

Must see for Alfred Hitchcock afficinados

By jvogel9769
Extremely suspensefull in the style of the Hitchcock classics. You will never believe the ending. Great performances by the star studded cast....

WASTE of time and money

By mommylove
Kraptacular. Horrible. Hideous. Poor Ewan Macgregor. Poor Pierce Brosnan! Who told Kim Cattrall to use that horrible accent, sometimes - honestly, she stunk dog poop in this movie. I could...

Five Word Review

By pendever
Great thriller is ABOUT something!...

what?

By leshandfriends
It was a great movie up until the end.What a weak way to finish a film.It is almost as if they ran out of money and suddenly had to end the film....

The Ghost Writer

By deanziff
Too transparently ideological. Bad Bush, bad Tony Blair, anti-waterboarding not matter what, bad Haliburton. Constantly and boringly anti-American. Time to grow up and move on!...

More Info

Rated PG-13 | For or language, brief nudity/sexuality, some violence and a drug reference
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 15+ Intense, masterful political thriller OK for older teens.
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