Phil Spector
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even with a Mamet screenplay and actors like Mr. Pacino and Ms. Mirren there is not much anyone can do to make the audience care."
‑ Alessandra Stanley, New York Times
"The film is an engrossing drama, with a dazzling performance by Al Pacino in the title role."
‑ Tom Conroy, Media Life
"The movie broadens from Spector's legal case into larger explorations of prejudices people can harbor about celebrities and eccentrics. The result is a thoughtful, sometimes fascinating, purposefully inconclusive character study."
‑ Carla Meyer, Sacramento Bee
"Both actors are great and Mamet's gift with dialogue remains intact but the plotting and choice of storytelling in Phil Spector makes for a final product that doesn't make enough of a statement or tell us much about its title subject."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"Mamet fails to present an overwhelming case, but it's just enough."
‑ Mark Dawidziak, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"It's better than most films of its kind, even as it remains unsatisfying as historical re-creation, philosophical meditation or pure drama."
‑ Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
"It's an insidious whitewash of a convicted killer and an infamous smear of his victim. It's a shame on all involved."
‑ Glenn Garvin, Miami Herald
"Pacino seldom fails to cut straight to the soul of a character who is both brilliant and pathetic."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"As you can probably tell, I found the message behind Phil Spector pretty laughable. As drama, it's not particularly convincing either, even with Mamet's rat-a-tat-tat flair for dialogue mostly intact."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"Great moments fail to lead to a satisfying climax."
‑ Mark A. Perigard, Boston Herald
"Pacino and Mirren's teamwork keeps Phil Spector watchable even when it's dousing itself in dramatic ethanol and lighting a match."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A frustrating film that leaves the questions -- pretty much all of them -- unanswered."
‑ Verne Gay, Newsday
"As we're treated to another nonsensical, repetitive soliloquy about the victimization of a violent millionaire, it's worth noting that the Wall of Sound required an echo chamber."
‑ Sara Smith, Kansas City Star
"A stronger film could have inspired questions about the legal system, celebrity or the actual personalities involved in this case. The only question Phil Spector inspires is, "What's the point?""
‑ Geoff Berkshire,
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