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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Murderer or not, the man is a musical genius, and Jayanti's film makes that abundantly, even tragically clear...
It's disconcerting but strangely effective -- you get a sense of different aspects of the man, coexisting as one.
A documentary examination of the genius, madness, arrogance and abject insecurity of rock music's most famous record producer.
| Original Score: A
Spector talking never fails to hold our interest, but other aspects of the film are less successful.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
What makes Ecstasy essential viewing for any pop-music fan and any student of celebrity pathology is the interview itself.
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A landmark documentary about the man who created music's "Wall of Sound."
| Original Score: 3/4
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
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
Veering wildly between paranoia and self-aggrandizement, Spector makes a fascinating subject.