The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
December 17, 2010
Murderer or not, the man is a musical genius, and Jayanti's film makes that abundantly, even tragically clear...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 2, 2010
It's disconcerting but strangely effective -- you get a sense of different aspects of the man, coexisting as one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 10, 2010
A documentary examination of the genius, madness, arrogance and abject insecurity of rock music's most famous record producer.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2010
Spector talking never fails to hold our interest, but other aspects of the film are less successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2010
What makes Ecstasy essential viewing for any pop-music fan and any student of celebrity pathology is the interview itself.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 30, 2010
Currently serving out a sentence that will likely consume the remainder of his life, Spector turns the interview into a trial on his own terms -- one that's gripping, revelatory, and a little self-incriminating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
June 30, 2010
This portrait of the eccentric artist provides ecstasy via singers performing his greatest hits, and agony as Spector glowers through his original 2007 (mis)trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 30, 2010
A landmark documentary about the man who created music's "Wall of Sound."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 29, 2010
A feature-length portrait of a pop music genius as (pre-)convicted murderer, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector lives up to its grandiose title
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 29, 2010
The film makes an audacious conceptual leap by juxtaposing dull television footage of the first trial with a music video soundtrack of Spector-produced records.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
June 28, 2010
Veering wildly between paranoia and self-aggrandizement, Spector makes a fascinating subject.