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.

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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.
Drama , Special Interest , Television
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HBO Films

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Al Pacino
as Phil Spector
Helen Mirren
as Linda Kenney Baden
Jeffrey Tambor
as Bruce Cutler
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Mock Prosecutor
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Dr. Fallon
John Pirruccello
as Nick Stavros
James Tolkan
as Judge Fidler
David Aaron Baker
as Alan Jackson
Matt Malloy
as Dr. Spitz
Jack Wallace
as Music Store Owner
Dominic Hoffman
as Mr. Brown
Grim Reaper Q
as Bodyguard
Vernon Campbell
as Bodyguard
Kate Blumberg
as Woman on Stand
Gordon Devol
as Anchorman
Mary B. McCann
as Court Newscaster
Clara Mamet
as Back to Mono Girl
Natalija Nogulich
as Giovanetta Ricci
Beverly Brooks
as Mansion Newscaster
Neil Pepe
as Interviewer
Meghan Marx
as Lana Clarkson
Tony Mamet
as Barry
Linda Kimbrough
as Mock Judge
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Critic Reviews for Phil Spector

All Critics (37) | 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.

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

al pacino always does good in the tv movies... he knows how to do it... like back in you don't know jack...

Prattay Safin
Prattay Safin

Controversies on what's fact and fiction aside, the Mamet, Pacino and Mirren combo is definitely an interesting one to watch. Featuring excellent performances and an even better collection of wigs, this is one of HBO Films most controversial releases to date even if it's not one of their most compelling. Great use of the music Spector has made his fortune on too!

Héliø Leønardø
Héliø Leønardø

Try's to make spector look more sympathetic. Seems like half the reason he got convicted was for being stupid and a tool. Pacino give a very "angels in america" performance. I know nothing of this case and i don't know if that helps or hurts my opinion.

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