Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
This is a superb picture, sharp, open-minded, wised-up and cinematically accomplished.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By James Greenberg
Engrossing and well-researched documentary.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
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.
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
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.
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Portland Oregonian

By M. E. Russell
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.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
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.
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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.
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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.
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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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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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