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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+
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
Jennifer Merin
September 30, 2009
"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 | Original Score: 4/5
Prairie Miller
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.
Fernando F. Croce
August 26, 2009
A judiciously argued account with intriguing asides
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
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
May 8, 2009
an essential entry in Hollywood's cultural chronicle
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 3, 2008
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
M.E. Russell
September 12, 2008
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 | Original Score: B
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
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
August 1, 2008
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.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 1, 2008
It's the sort of complex story Polanski himself would have excelled at telling, if he weren't busy living it.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
July 25, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 25, 2008
I found myself occasionally enthralled, mainly due to Polanski's haunted presence coming through, even in the form of an absent ghost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.
Read More | 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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