Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
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Reopening a case that has inspired curiosity, controversy, and confusion for over three decades, Zenovich's film is an extensive exploration of the circumstances that led up to--and the circus that followed--Polanski's conviction for having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Zenovich had unprecedented access to several of the key players in the case, including the lawyers representing the case, the media covering it, and the unusually clear-eyed and candid victim. Unearthing a trove of telling footage from the past, and combining it with insightful interviews from today, she… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"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."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"If you're not a diehard fan of Polanski I can't see the pic holding your attention, as it lacks intrigue."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"an essential entry in Hollywood's cultural chronicle"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"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."
‑ David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
"Whether you can swallow that or not, the mesmerizing narrative recounts a media circus of unrivaled malignance."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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"
‑ Radheyan Simonpillai, AskMen.com
"A judiciously argued account with intriguing asides"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
""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"
‑ Jennifer Merin, About.com
"While not apologising for his disgusting behaviour, the film puts Polanski's actions in the context of a turbulent life."
‑ Nick Dent, Time Out Sydney
"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."
‑ M.E. Russell, Oregonian
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