What? (Diary of Forbidden Dreams) Reviews

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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator
March 11, 2015
The dialogue is as limp as the reactions of its audience are likely to be, and the only mystery is why an immensely talented film-maker like Polanski should have turned his finger to it.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
March 27, 2013
The girl, the villa and the performances are beautiful enough to bridge those sequences when the film, like its heroine, seems searching for explanations that will never be found.
March 27, 2013
A terrible self-indulgent piece of misogynist trash from an otherwise great director.
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Chris Petit
Time Out
March 27, 2013
All suitably throwaway, it's held together by our own curiosity and Polanski's obvious delight in observing such strange goings-on in rich summer villas.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 27, 2013
This haphazard fantasy is of interest chiefly to devotees of Roman Polanski and, even more so, of Gerard Brach, his longtime screenwriting collaborator.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Adam Lippe
Examiner.com
March 17, 2011
Polanski subjects his frequently nude and always naïve Alice in Wonderland to attempted rapes, dialogue so sexist and misogynistic as to play like parody, and a reliance on that old cliché that women always want sex, you just have to force them into it.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 7, 2007
I wonder how much Carlo Ponti gave Roman Polanski to make Diary of Forbidden Dreams. Ten cents would have been excessive.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 7, 2007
The whole thing is as delicate and insubstantial as the pink rose petals that fall when Nancy and Giovanni duet on the Mozart Piano Sonata -- and just as appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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