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  • 50
    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. show more

  • 80
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    It was a true media circus, and despite Polanski's work before and since, the film shows how it will forever be his first association in the public consciousness. In the U.S., at least. show more

  • 80
    James Greenberg The Hollywood Reporter

    Engrossing and well-researched documentary. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    This is a superb picture, sharp, open-minded, wised-up and cinematically accomplished. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The most significant fact of the film is that the prosecutor Gunson, a straight-laced Mormon, agrees with the defender Dalton that justice was not served. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The phrase in the title "wanted and desired" is offered by a producer friend of Polanski's who describes him as "wanted" in the United States, but "desired" in Europe, where sexual behaviour is treated more honestly and artists' dark sides are celebrated. show more

  • 63
    Boston Globe

    If you go into "Wanted and Desired" with preconceptions, prepare to feel them challenged and altered, even if they are ultimately confirmed. The facts speak loudly. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    The film is most remarkable when it exposes the ease with which the press and a self-obsessed judge can pervert the country's justice system. show more

  • 75
    M. E. Russell Portland Oregonian

    I wish Zenovich wasn't forced to skate surfaces when it comes to Polanski's perspective -- his interviews are vague and archival -- but she skillfully works around him to craft a maddening look at one of Hollywood's most infamous trials. show more

  • 75
    Sean Axmaker Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    The film walks a fine line between contempt for Polanski's crimes and sympathy for his trials and his screwed-up psyche, and it manages both while showing us why he fled the U.S. rather than face the corrupted judicial circus. show more

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