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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Reviews

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

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

November 17, 2011

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: | Original Score: 78/100

October 1, 2009
Jennifer Merin

"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: | Original Score: 4/5

September 30, 2009
Fernando F. Croce

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

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
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
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
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The film walks a fine line between contempt for Polanski's crimes and sympathy for his trials and his screwed-up psyche, and it manages both...

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B

July 24, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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This is a superb picture, sharp, open-minded, wised-up and cinematically accomplished. I wonder if any man could've handled the Polanski enigma with the same ironic intelligence [Marina] Zenovich has.

| Original Score: 4/4

July 24, 2008
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Mark Adams
Screen International
April 22, 2011
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