Phil Spector
Phil Spector (2013)

A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 24, 2013
DVD Release Date: September 9, 2013
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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Its top-shelf script and terrific cast ensure that it's always watchable, but Phil Spector fails to provide truly compelling drama.

Alessandra Stanley
New York Times

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.

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Tom Conroy
Media Life

The film is an engrossing drama, with a dazzling performance by Al Pacino in the title role.

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John Powers

Spector is almost the platonic ideal of the crazy showbiz madman. He makes a great fit for Pacino, who has for once found a character so charismatically odd that he doesn't need to overact to keep himself interested.

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Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times

It's better than most films of its kind, even as it remains unsatisfying as historical re-creation, philosophical meditation or pure drama.

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Glenn Garvin
Miami Herald

It's an insidious whitewash of a convicted killer and an infamous smear of his victim. It's a shame on all involved.

Jason Bailey

Mamet's film isn't sure what the hell to make of Spector. But, strangely, that's part of what makes it so compelling.

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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.

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Verne Gay

A frustrating film that leaves the questions -- pretty much all of them -- unanswered.

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Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
David Sayers
A TV movie that probably would have worked better as a straight play and that's hardly surprising with Mamet involved in the scripting and directing.… More