It's an insidious whitewash of a convicted killer and an infamous smear of his victim. It's a shame on all involved.
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.
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Magazine/Vulture
Pacino and Mirren's teamwork keeps Phil Spector watchable even when it's dousing itself in dramatic ethanol and lighting a match.