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: 79% 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.

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.

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