Phil Spector 2013

Phil Spector

Critics Consensus

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

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Lawyer Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren) defends music producer Phil Spector (Al Pacino), on trial for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson.

Cast & Crew

Al Pacino
Phil Spector
Dame Helen Mirren
Linda Kenney Baden
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Mock Prosecutor
Jeffrey Tambor
Bruce Cutler
Clara Mamet
Paint Girl
James Tolkan
Judge Fidler
Natalia Nogulich
Giovonetta Ricci
David Mamet
Screenwriter
Barry Levinson
Executive Producer
David Mamet
Executive Producer
Al Pacino
Executive Producer
Marcelo Zarvos
Original Music
Juan Ruiz Anchía
Cinematographer
Barbara Tulliver
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Critic Reviews for Phil Spector

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (20)

  • Pacino is excellent, savouring Mamet's script and disappearing into this figure who has a God-complex and is, at the same time, a god in the music industry.

    June 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's better than most films of its kind, even as it remains unsatisfying as historical re-creation, philosophical meditation or pure drama.

    May 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Pacino and Mirren's teamwork keeps Phil Spector watchable even when it's dousing itself in dramatic ethanol and lighting a match.

    May 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The film is an engrossing drama, with a dazzling performance by Al Pacino in the title role.

    May 22, 2013 | Full Review…

    Tom Conroy

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

    May 22, 2013

Audience Reviews for Phil Spector

  • Apr 21, 2018
    Mamet's central thesis about the importance of impartiality in the legal system is not without merit, however centering his argument around Phil Spector was a gross miscalculation especially since his exploration fictionalizes some of the facts of the case. This only undermines his argument and exposes him as something of a hypocrite.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2013
    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 S Super Reviewer

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