The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector
The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2010)

Love him or hate him, Phil Spector owned a legacy claimed by few if any rock music producers, and directly influenced the course of rock orchestrations and arrangements to a considerable degree. Spector's trademark "wall of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 30, 2010
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Fascinating because its subject is so influential and so deranged, a shambles because its filmmaker can't decide which approach to take and so takes all of them.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A documentary examination of the genius, madness, arrogance and abject insecurity of rock music's most famous record producer.

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The overall effect is as elaborate and fascinating as one of Spector's musical productions from the '60s.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Murderer or not, the man is a musical genius, and Jayanti's film makes that abundantly, even tragically clear...

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Spector talking never fails to hold our interest, but other aspects of the film are less successful.

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Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

Spector may be a paranoid loon with blood on his hands, but he's also a fascinating, tragic case study in splendid isolation.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

It's disconcerting but strangely effective -- you get a sense of different aspects of the man, coexisting as one.

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Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter

What makes Ecstasy essential viewing for any pop-music fan and any student of celebrity pathology is the interview itself.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a sporadically intriguing yet disastrously overlong documentary...

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Keith Munley
He literally said he got the idea for his hair from Ben Wallace's afro, what more do I really have to say. Great documentary about one of the weirdest… More