Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (2008)

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… More

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Release Date: July 18, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 87% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A courtroom drama and an exploration of celebrity and responsibility.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

If you're not a diehard fan of Polanski I can't see the pic holding your attention, as it lacks intrigue.

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Whether you can swallow that or not, the mesmerizing narrative recounts a media circus of unrivaled malignance.

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Radheyan Simonpillai

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

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jennifer Merin

"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

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
A mediocre doc designed mainly for Polanski. It goes on to depict how Polanski couldn't get a fair trial that he deserved more than any other human due to… More
Michael Gildea
Wanted and Desired isn't a particularly entertaining or dynamic documentary (I fell asleep twice during it, but in the film's defense it was… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The truth couldn't fit in the headlines."</i> Marina Zenovich's new documentary examines the public scandal and private… More
jay nixon
Revealing doc about a flawed talented man. Life has hit him hard and although there is no question that what he did was wrong it seems apparent that he was ill… More
Luke Baldock
A wonderful look at corruption and justice, even if it's justice we don't agree with. Putting Polanski's crimes to one side, there is no denying… More
Red Lats
I didn't like this documentary very much. It was hard to determine what the actual point of the movie is. Polanski pleaded guilty to having sex with a 13… More

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