The Ghost Writer

Summit Entertainment Released 2010


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Roman Polanski
The Ghost Writer is a 2010 political thriller directed by Roman Polanski. The film follows an unnamed ghost writer (Ewan McGregor) who is hired to complete the memoirs of Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), a former British Prime Minister, after the mysterious death of the original ghost writer. Set on an oceanfront estate on Martha's Vineyard in the middle of winter, the action heats up when the writer discovers that his predecessor found links between the Prime Minister and the CIA. As the scandal begins to unfold in the media, the writer has an affair with the Prime Minister's Wife, Ruth (Olivia Williams), who seems to have an agenda of her own. Things grow even more complicated when the writer begins to track the final days of his predecessor. One by one, witnesses begin to die as the writer tries to put the pieces together before he too becomes just another casualty.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The Ghost Writer is the kind of impeccable adult entertainment, able to alternate edge-of-your-seat episodes with bleakly comic moments, that Hitchcock used to specialize in and th...

  • 80

    The New York Times 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.

  • 50

    Variety Derek Elley

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

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Crime, Politics, Thrillers