• Will Cundall

    ★★★½ Watched by Will Cundall 26 Jun, 2016

    What a dreary atmosphere this film has that envelops a political mystery thriller that is intriguing to say the least. It's the kind of movie you can't completely leave until its all done and the films entire vibe is is one of slight drabness, but it was to me all that more beautiful because of it. Roman Polanski is the man at the helm of this story which tells of a fictional former prime minister (Brosnan) of the UK who…

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  • Addy K.

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by Addy K. 28 May, 2016

    A master on cruise control. Effortless storytelling with Polanski's trademark visual imprint (mood, atmosphere). GHOST WRITER is the kind of film Hitchcock made (over and over) and people loved. Somewhere down the line, this type of thriller became "cliched". Polanski and co-writer Robert Harris rejig the formula with political intrigue plus a poetic, cynical ending. Desplat's score is propulsive, tense and beautiful.

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  • droptoons

    ★★★½ Added by droptoons

    A perfect blend of suspense, mystery, and thrills, all with a dash of politics, and heavily soaked in genre. This is definitely a dark movie, bleak and atmospheric, with a slow-burn pace. Though, the key to this one may be the writing. It is lean - no gratuitous sequences - no slack in the pacing or in the focus, and, most importantly, it's damn intelligent. Mr. Polanski knows his craft. Masterful. Subtle.

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  • Junior Andrade

    ★★★★ Watched by Junior Andrade 22 May, 2016

    An engaging and tense thriller with an intriguing mystery and a stylish direction that bring to mind Polanski's finest works, and some scenes here are spectacular, especially the final sequence, while Ewan McGregor puts in a very strong performance.

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  • mick culleton

    ★★★★ Added by mick culleton

    When a successful ghostwriter agrees to finish the memoirs of a former British PM after the apparent suicide of the previous ghostwriter , He decides to investigate what happened to his predecessor , But what he discover will lead him down a dangerous path, Brilliant British conspiracy thriller

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  • LLFIN

    ★★★½ Watched by LLFIN 06 Mar, 2010

    Fascinating political thriller, that in so many ways, unfortunately, resembles reality. Set in a gorgeous coastal area (supposedly Martha's Vineyard, in reality filmed on Sylt in Germany) in lovely off-season stormy times. Secrets, lies, human rights violations and dirty politics with nagging suspense feeding music.

    I never liked Ewan McGregor that much, but he does do a good job, Pierce Brosnan is brilliant, and rather spooky with his grin, as a "Tony Blair"ish politician and the rest fits in just…

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  • Liam Fogarty

    ★★★½ Watched by Liam Fogarty 21 May, 2016

    Probably the closest thing we can get to a Polanski version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The film follows an author who "ghost writes" autobiographies, when he's given the task of writing the memoirs of British Prime Minster in the midst of a war crime scandal that seems to call close to many of Tony Blair's decisions in Downing Street, although Polanski's film is never quite serious enough to be bogged down by proper politics.

    What Polanski instead…

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  • Capra_cinefila

    ★★ Added by Capra_cinefila

    Probabilmente questo genere di film non si addice a un regista come Roman Polanski. La sceneggiatura è debole (lascia senza parole la facilità con cui McGregor scopre i files segreti su internet, mandando la credibilità del film a farsi benedire) e non credo che un ghost writer lavori in quel modo. Resta un buon finale, ma nulla più. Rivedere Eli Wallach così vecchio (ma dagli occhi ancora vispi), mi ha dato un brivido forte lungo la schiena.

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  • Henry

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Henry 12 May, 2016

    Although it probably doesn't deserve the five stars I gave it back in 2010, this is still an excellent political thriller with a nice ending. The acting is good, Olivia Williams and McGregor are great whilst Brosnan has the perfect amount of smooth smarm to play the ex-UK Prime Minister.

    Just as enjoyable as last time though maybe, just maybe, it's not a five star film.

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  • Charan Rainford

    ★★★★ Watched by Charan Rainford 08 May, 2016

    Once you get around the idea that a former British Premier could ever face investigation by the ICC for war crimes, this is a cracking political drama about the machinations of international politics. Ewan McGregor is reliably good in the titular role, drafted following the mysterious death of his predecessor. Pierce Brosnan is compelling as the former British PM in question and the subject of the memoir. They are surrounded by quality actors though Olivia Williams steals the show as…

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  • Christopher Haskell

    ★★★ Watched by Christopher Haskell 07 Aug, 2010

    The unfortunate part of Hollywood is that personal problems usually garner more attention than the films being produced there. Roman Polanski had one of those years. Polanski’s Switzerland house arrest spoke louder than his new film, The Ghost Writer. The political drama proved less interesting than the international incident occurring behind the curtains.

    Born in 1933, Polanski has been through tremendous feats, personally and professionally, throughout his life. From his wife, Sharon Tates’ murder and Rosemary’s Baby, to accusations of…

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  • Ryan Godfrey

    ★★★½ Watched by Ryan Godfrey 07 May, 2016

    Brosnan's ex-prime minister contemplates a life where he's heckled and despised for his past and his international travel is severely restricted. Hmm.

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