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Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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
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: 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
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 25, 2008
Whether you can swallow that or not, the mesmerizing narrative recounts a media circus of unrivaled malignance.
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
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-
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.
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
July 10, 2008
In contenting itself with the changing public perception of a long-misunderstood event, Wanted And Desired is compelling enough.
Read More | Original Score: B+
July 10, 2008
Zenovich's zeal exceeds her grasp.
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.
March 31, 2008
A subtly intelligent and sharply argued documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5