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Phil Spector Reviews

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Sara Smith
Kansas City Star
May 22, 2013
As we're treated to another nonsensical, repetitive soliloquy about the victimization of a violent millionaire, it's worth noting that the Wall of Sound required an echo chamber.
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Hal Boedeker
Orlando Sentinel
May 22, 2013
The results are tedious, talky and self-important.
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Verne Gay
Newsday
May 22, 2013
A frustrating film that leaves the questions -- pretty much all of them -- unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Matt Roush
TV Guide
May 22, 2013
It all adds up, or doesn't, to an unhinged (as opposed to "unchained") melody that's likely to fall on deaf ears.
John Semley
Slant Magazine
May 22, 2013
As written and directed by Mamet, never shy about his exceptionalist view of Jewish identity, the sympathy the film affords to Spector scans as suspect.
Ellen Gray
Philadelphia Daily News
May 22, 2013
I'm not sure that what Mamet's trying to say here about celebrity justice is worth the risk of making things any worse.
Geoff Berkshire
Zap2it.com
May 22, 2013
A stronger film could have inspired questions about the legal system, celebrity or the actual personalities involved in this case. The only question Phil Spector inspires is, "What's the point?"
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
May 22, 2013
Both actors are great and Mamet's gift with dialogue remains intact but the plotting and choice of storytelling in Phil Spector makes for a final product that doesn't make enough of a statement or tell us much about its title subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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May 22, 2013
I'm wondering if it is possible to do something analogous to a citizen's arrest and file a credit dispute on behalf of the viewing public. Nobody produced this film.
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Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
May 22, 2013
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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Willa Paskin
Salon.com
May 22, 2013
Phil Spector is missing dramatic tension.
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Glenn Garvin
Miami Herald
May 22, 2013
It's an insidious whitewash of a convicted killer and an infamous smear of his victim. It's a shame on all involved.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
May 22, 2013
Phil Spector is watchable, but given the lofty expectations raised by HBO movies, it's also the cinematic equivalent of a bad hair day.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 22, 2013
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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Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times
May 22, 2013
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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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
May 22, 2013
Phil Spector doesn't give us much to talk about or applaud.
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Matthew Gilbert
Boston Globe
May 22, 2013
It's as if Mamet, who directed as well as wrote, decided that the point of the venture was Pacino and didn't much bother to paint in around the star.
Mark A. Perigard
Boston Herald
May 22, 2013
Great moments fail to lead to a satisfying climax.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
May 22, 2013
As you can probably tell, I found the message behind Phil Spector pretty laughable. As drama, it's not particularly convincing either, even with Mamet's rat-a-tat-tat flair for dialogue mostly intact.
David Zurawik
Baltimore Sun
May 22, 2013
The cast and crew for Phil Spector is pretty much a pop-culture dream team. And its members deliver a film worthy of their reputations and talents.
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