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July 10, 2008
Zenovich's zeal exceeds her grasp.
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
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.
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+
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
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
July 11, 2008
An exhaustive and riveting narrative
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 26, 2009
A judiciously argued account with intriguing asides
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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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