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Phil Spector (2013)



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

Movie Info

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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Television , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: David Mamet
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2013


as Phil Spector

as Linda Kenney Baden

as Bruce Cutler

as Mock Prosecutor

as Dr. Fallon

as Nick Stavros

as Judge Fidler

as Alan Jackson

as Dr. Spitz

as Music Store Owner

as Mr. Brown

as Bodyguard

as Bodyguard

as Woman on Stand

as Anchorman

as Court Newscaster

as Back to Mono Girl

as Giovanetta Ricci

as Mansion Newscaster

as Interviewer

as Lana Clarkson

as Mock Judge
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Critic Reviews for Phil Spector

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (19)

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.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
New York Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Pacino and Mirren's teamwork keeps Phil Spector watchable even when it's dousing itself in dramatic ethanol and lighting a match.

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Media Life
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 22, 2013
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Phil Spector

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. Mirren is very good and Pacino is....well, Pacino! His acting is excellent but he never convinces as Phil Spector. The overall film is probably too sympathetic to Spector and has no regard for the victim so the whole thing needs to be taken with a pinch of salt and the fact that it finishes before the trial reaches a verdict is annoying but it is still entertaining viewing.

David Sayers
David Sayers

Super Reviewer

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