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The Ghost Writer (2010)

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Roman Polanski

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About the Movie

When a gifted ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is hired to write the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce Brosnan), he quickly finds himself trapped in a web of political and sexual intrigue. Lang is implicated in a scandal over his administration’s harsh tactics, and as the ghostwriter digs into the politician’s past, he discovers secrets that threaten to jeopardize international relations forever. Co-starring Olivia Williams and Kim Cattrall, it’s a taut and shocking thriller from acclaimed director Roman Polanski (The Pianist).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 198
  • Fresh: 165
  • Rotten: 33
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The result is a political thriller refreshingly long on grown-up dialogue yet lamentably shy on, well, thrills. This chatty thing does go on. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: In the total context of Polanski's hard life and grim ordeals ... The Ghost Writer constitutes a miracle of artistic and psychological resilience. – Andrew Sarris, Film Comment Magazine, Jun 20, 2013

Fresh: We're all entitled to our own opinions regarding his past but Polanski deserves credit as a filmmaker. The Ghost Writer proves that he's as good as ever at the age of 77. – Matthew Toomey, ABC Radio Brisbane, Aug 18, 2010

Fresh: Polanski's master touch, his attention to framing, lighting, to every detail, and his wicked visual witticisms make it a joy for any film lover. Welcome back, Roman. – Julie Rigg, MovieTime, ABC Radio National, Aug 12, 2010

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Customer Reviews

A truly intelligent thriller.

What is so amazing about this film is that it builds incredible suspence without the use of action or visual effects. Instead the suspence is built upon an incredible storyline and stellar performances by the perfectly selected cast headed by Ewan McGregor. While there was not much character development for Ewan's role, he carried out his performance top-notch. Pierce Brosnan's role as Adam Lang didn't have as much screen time as I thought he would, but still managed to carry out a brilliant and satisfying performance. The screenplay was a brilliant piece of work. Instead of switching from scene to scene every few minutes, it gave us time to be really ingaged in the story and characters. An truly intellectual and wonderfully directed film that will stand out from other thrillers in the years to come. "The Ghost Writer" gets a well earned two thumbs up.

Why is this censored?!

The movie is quite good, but why in the world is it censored?! At first I thought I was imagining it, but in some instances, it is blatanly obvious that is has been censored. Freaking darn and all the words that no one says out of TV!


Great movie, but the dialogue is censored (the eff word anyway). Really obvious and annoying.

The Ghost Writer (2010)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Released: 2010

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