Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 10, 2008
Zenovich's zeal exceeds her grasp.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2008
Its indictment ultimately feels like a secondary issue to Polanski's apparently incontrovertible guilt, which makes him--in this instance--still more victimizer than victim.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
September 27, 2009
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 17, 2013
If you're not a diehard fan of Polanski I can't see the pic holding your attention, as it lacks intrigue.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
July 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
July 11, 2008
An exhaustive and riveting narrative
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 24, 2008
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
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
A judiciously argued account with intriguing asides
Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com
June 11, 2008
a great and somewhat Kafkaesque story that Polanski might have enjoyed directing... had it been fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 1, 2009
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 | Original Score: 78/100
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 14, 2008
This is more about the culture of celebrity, the sensationalism, a power hungry, media-hungry judge, and all the things that have happened since then. And as such, it's a very good documentary.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
August 8, 2008
This chronicle of Polanski's life, career and legal woes offers an engaging portrait of the artist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Dent
Time Out Sydney
June 19, 2009
While not apologising for his disgusting behaviour, the film puts Polanski's actions in the context of a turbulent life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
July 15, 2008
A clever, contemplative kind of courtroom drama that utilizes the best of Hollywood filmmaking style to tell a story so strange, it must be true.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
July 23, 2008
The film leans a bit too heavily on the idea that Polanski was a high-living artist who was rejected by a puritanical America and embraced by an understanding Europe, but on balance, the film is a credible re-evaluation of a complex man.
Peter Ames Carlin
Oregonian
June 6, 2008
As HBO's spellbinding documentary, Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired reveals, the immediate facts can't begin to describe the moral ambiguities churning beneath the surface of Polanski's tale.
Bill Gibron
PopMatters
June 13, 2008
Roman Polanski deserves his badge of dishonor, no question about it. This amazing documentary argues that others need to start sporting one as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
July 11, 2008
Using tons of footage and new interviews with the victim and key legal figures -- but not the subject himself -- director Marina Zenovich shows how Polanski's darker urges were matched on a moral level by others involved in the case.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Mark Adams
Screen International
April 22, 2011
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