A newly hired ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) exposes evidence that suggests his late predecessor knew a dark secret about their subject, the former prime minister (Pierce Brosnan) of Britain.
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" The best thing Polanski has done since the seventies, when he brought out the incomparable Chinatown and the very fine Tess. "
" Doesn't demand much from the viewer, but its smart dialogue, nimble syncopations, and tricky suspense are - while you're there in the theater, in the dark - thoroughly satisfying. "
" The mystery is unraveled a bit too conveniently, and the fatalistic Chinatown ending feels more rehearsed than revelatory. "
" Polanski's 'The Ghost Writer': Cosmpolitan Composition "
" Polanski is in total command of his medium, something that hasn't been a sure thing since the 1970s, The Pianist notwithstanding. "
" The thread of black humour that runs throughout the film compensates for its occasional moments of madness. It's a film just silly enough to be taken deadly seriously. "
" It's not one of Polanski's masterpieces, but The Ghost Writer doesn't dilute his reputation as a master of suspense. "
" From the chic austerity of the Langs' undisclosed location to the gradually revealed nexus between academia, politics and corporate influence, The Ghost Writer offers an unusually astute glimpse of power at its most alluring and corrosive. "
" Polanski infuses the action with the quality of a waking nightmare. He has the capacity to take a simple shot of a ship coming into harbor and give it a feeling of foreboding. "
" As an exercise in craft, it's surprisingly successful, thanks to the strong cast and the vivid depiction of a modern leader's security apparatus. "
" Brosnan and Williams are the real highlights, both such dynamos that you feel their absence and yearn for their return during the long stretches when McGregor is mucking about on his own. "
" Another director would almost certainly have bobbled this devilish mixture of paperback suspense, political chicanery, and jet-black comedy. In Polanski's hands, it's an unholy pleasure: a diversion that stings. "
" Polanski at 76 provides a reminder of directors of the past who were raised on craft, not gimmicks, and depended on a deliberate rhythm of editing rather than mindless quick cutting. "
" The swirl of visual poetry, political intrigue and personal zeal that Polanski creates gets under your skin and brings an icy hand up your back. This is moviemaking. "
" The Ghost Writer is minor Polanski but it's one of the rare thrillers these days that plays up to you instead of down. "
" Brosnan, long past his James Bond days, has ripened as an actor; he's outstanding. "
" The result is a political thriller refreshingly long on grown-up dialogue yet lamentably shy on, well, thrills. This chatty thing does go on. "
" Considering that it's been more than a decade since The Ninth Gate, you'd think Polanski would have had more in store. "
" So elegant, so deliciously scary, so masterfully controlled that you feel tingles of bliss even as your skin crawls. "
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