Movies Like Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired

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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you're not a diehard fan of Polanski I can't see the pic holding your attention, as it lacks intrigue.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 17, 2013

Some might confuse Zenovich's indictment on the judge as a cop-out in judging Polanski. But the facts remain. There's no further insight into the heinous crime. Nor is there a new judgment to be passed on the man who committed it. Anyone looking for new r

Full Review Source: AskMen.com | Original Score: 78/100

October 1, 2009
Jennifer Merin
About.com

"Zenovich's film is a fair and skillful chronicling of the Roman Polanski case, and a study of how the circumstances of celebrity influence the carrying out of justice in the U.S. It's not an in-depth study of the filmmaker's psychology nor of how his lif

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 4/5

September 30, 2009
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

The film's verdict is that Polanski is too distinguished to persecute by placing him in a prison among, well, criminals. Wanted And Desired: A premeditated act of propaganda in the service of exoneration with a creative genius defense, instead of remorse.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

September 27, 2009
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

A judiciously argued account with intriguing asides

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 26, 2009
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney

While not apologising for his disgusting behaviour, the film puts Polanski's actions in the context of a turbulent life.

Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney | Original Score: 4/5

June 19, 2009
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

an essential entry in Hollywood's cultural chronicle

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 8, 2009
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Mesmo tendo criado uma narrativa envolvente, coesa e impecável a ponto de servir como base para os advogados de Polanski solicitarem o arquivamento do caso, este documentário foi ignorado pela Academia. Arre.

| Original Score: 5/5

December 3, 2008
M.E. Russell
Oregonian

What makes Wanted and Desired riveting is that Zenovich balances this immorality play by interviewing nearly everyone involved and mixes it with perfectly culled archival footage.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B

September 12, 2008
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

This chronicle of Polanski's life, career and legal woes offers an engaging portrait of the artist.

Full Review Source: IGN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 8, 2008
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

Marina Zenovich's documentary is that it fills in a lot of crucial details (including a few new ones), primarily about the rape and its aftermath.

August 1, 2008
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

It's the sort of complex story Polanski himself would have excelled at telling, if he weren't busy living it.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 1, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Though Marina Zenovich's film deals with the notorious case of the film director who pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13-year-old, the film's real subject is the California legal system turned upside down by celebrity and media pressure.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2008
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

Meticulously crafted and keenly thought out, the film also serves as a useful historical document. It illuminates its time period, delves into moral hypocrisy and shows the evolution of muck-raking celebrity journalism.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2008
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
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With a subject like Roman Polanski, you don't really need to do much to capture audience interest. But maybe that's the reason Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired doesn't live up to its promise.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 25, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired, a documentary by Marina Zenovich that is also a first-rate work of reportage, makes a forceful case that the whole truth of the matter was never heard in court and Polanski was more sinned against than sinning.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 25, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

I found myself occasionally enthralled, mainly due to Polanski's haunted presence coming through, even in the form of an absent ghost.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2008
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Roman Polanski (The Pianist, Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown) is unquestionably a great filmmaker, but as Marina Zenovich's documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired perhaps unintentionally demonstrates, he's also a creep.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

July 25, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Whether you can swallow that or not, the mesmerizing narrative recounts a media circus of unrivaled malignance.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

July 25, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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She has achieved extraordinary access to the other still-living players in the case, and they all seem to be in agreement: Polanski is correct in saying the judge played with him as a cat might play with a mouse.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 25, 2008
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