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78

Metascore

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100
Chicago Tribune
This is a superb picture, sharp, open-minded, wised-up and cinematically accomplished.
91
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."
90
Variety
A mesmerizing portrait of the director as acclaimed artist and tortured human being.
83
The A.V. Club
Falls short of being a great film because it lacks a certain ambition.
80
The Hollywood Reporter
Engrossing and well-researched documentary.
80
Its one-week theatrical run will make it eligible for Academy Award consideration, though given that organization's often pitiful record when it comes to nonfiction film, it seems unlikely that a movie this subtly intelligent would make its short list.
80
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.
70
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.
63
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.
50
Village Voice
Lively, exasperating documentary.

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