• Jonathan Pincus

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Jonathan Pincus 24 Nov, 2014

    The Ghost: You ought not to be written out of history.
    Ruth Lang: Why not? Most women are.
    The Ghost: Then I'll reinstate you. I'll put in all the occasions that he's forgotten.
    Ruth Lang: How kind, like the boss's secretary who remembers his wife's birthday for him.

    Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer”, a mystery and Hitchcockian thriller, is an intricate story about a ghostwriter who gets too curious for his own good. Using ghosts as an analogy for being…


  • Doc Cortex

    ★★★ Watched by Doc Cortex 13 Nov, 2014

    Three of the unlikeliest bedfellows; McGregor, Brosnan and Cattrall combine in this slick political thriller. It sounds like a recipe for disaster but somehow it produces an engaging, atmospheric and likeable journey into the world of premier league politics. Cattrall is especially believable as the erstwhile Prime Minister's aid, Brosnan is suitably false and Olivia Williams steals the show as the harsh, Cheri Blair style wife behind the man. The most surprisingly decent film I've seen this year and if you like a limited grey colour palette and a downcast atmosphere then you'll like it too.


  • liad

    ★★ Watched by liad 22 Nov, 2014

    At least it gives you the chance to explore the interesting and modern architectural design of the house.


  • David Thomson

    ★★★★ Watched by David Thomson 15 Nov, 2014

    This film features one of the greatest closing shots in history. Polanski still brings the heat.


  • Adrian Zachow

    ★★★½ Watched by Adrian Zachow 14 Aug, 2010

    Enjoyable mystery-thriller has a tantalizing premise. Ewan McGregor's is superb as a replacement ghost writer (the first one apparently killed himself) who gradually finds out circumstances surrounding the ex-PM he's writing for are extremely suspicious. It won't always make the best of sense, but it's all done in such seriousness and intensity, it's hard not to get carried away. Roman Polanski is a great director, and the artistry of this film is evident, from the stark and yet beautiful cinematography, to faultless editing, and clever score by Alexander Desplat.


  • allflicker

    ★★★★½ Added by allflicker

    Polanski's most vibrant and slyly funny movie in years. This political thriller could have been stagnant in anyone else's hands but he deftly handles the proceedings. Once again giving good actors the opportunity to shine and filming everything in a slightly strange way that's pure Polanski. Everything is just slightly left of center giving it all the feeling of pure paranoia. A fantastic ending that's funny yet darkly cynical.


  • Lukas Bach Münzenmayer Reyes

    ★★★★½ Watched by Lukas Bach Münzenmayer Reyes 01 Nov, 2014

    Now se this is a movie in my taste.


  • Jacob Gehman

    ★★★ Added by Jacob Gehman

    Not the best Roman Polanski film. It's the third I've seen and the worst of the three. Yet a worst by Roman Polanski standards is still a step above many other films.

    While the movie is about a ghostwriter, it is really an edge-of-your-seat political thriller. (Note: I don't think I've ever called a political thriller "edge of your seat" before; I don't normally do political thrillers). The movie creates neat tensions and has some great dramatic moments. It builds…


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  • MrPootytang

    ★★★½ Watched by MrPootytang 07 Oct, 2014

    The Ghost Writer seems to have much in common with Polanski's own Ninth Gate, as well as some borrowed suspense from Hitchcock. All scenes are crucial and allegorical, nothing is wasted here. The actors/actresses are phenomenal, especially Ewan McGregor (the protagonist) and Olivia Williams (who plays Ruth Lang). Polanski diverts attention to one part of the stage, but then suddenly it is shifted towards another side.Although many parts of the plot aren't anything new; it is well written, nicely acted out, and wonderfully directed.


  • Windyblue

    Added by Windyblue

    Roman Polanski rapes children


  • Zarban

    ★★★ Watched by Zarban 26 Sep, 2014

    Fun and atmospheric, if extremely unlikely, thriller about a writer hired to finish another writer's work on a UK PM's autobio who stumbles on (surprise!) the same shocking secret the first writer stumbled upon. And I do mean "stumble". There's hardly a single thing McGregor does to earn the clues he collects; then he comes to the wrong conclusion. But the fact that the shocking secret turns out to be total hearsay is even more unfortunate; it's supported only by…