Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 25, 2008
Whether you can swallow that or not, the mesmerizing narrative recounts a media circus of unrivaled malignance.
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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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 18, 2008
As an anatomy not only of Polanski's psyche but also of the legal system he confronted, it's as baroquely compelling as The Dark Knight.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.
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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
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Noel Murray
AV Club
July 10, 2008
In contenting itself with the changing public perception of a long-misunderstood event, Wanted And Desired is compelling enough.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 10, 2008
Zenovich's zeal exceeds her grasp.
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May 29, 2008
This deft and subtle film is a fitting tribute to a man -- like him or not -- whose life deserves more than tabloid headlines.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 31, 2008
A subtly intelligent and sharply argued documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5