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The Ghost Writer

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France, Germany, United Kingdom · 2010
Rated PG-13 · 2h 8m
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams
Genre Thriller, Mystery

A writer stumbles upon a long-hidden secret when he agrees to help former British Prime Minister Adam Lang complete his memoirs on a remote island after the politician's assistant drowns in a mysterious accident. In director Roman Polanski's tense drama, the author realizes that his discovery threatens some very powerful people who will do anything to ensure that certain episodes from Lang's past remain buried.

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Variety by Derek Elley

What the picture most needed was a complete cinematic rethink and, yes, even some action to move it along.


ReelViews by James Berardinelli

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.


The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

Mr. Polanski’s work with his performers is consistently subtle even when the performances seem anything but, which is true of this very fine film from welcome start to finish.


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 for a dazzling game of cat-and-mouse.


Boxoffice Magazine by Ray Greene

If it is possible to watch this work as a movie rather than using it as a referendum on its maker’s guilt or innocence, the audience that craves mature, sophisticated and grown-up entertainment will find much to admire here.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

The Ghost Writer may not go down as one of Polanski’s masterpieces, but if it does end up being his swan song, it’s the ideal denouement to a life and career of unsettling resonance.

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