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Phil Spector (2013)

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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.

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Cast

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
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.

May 22, 2013 | Full Review…
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.

May 22, 2013 | Full Review…
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.

May 22, 2013 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

The film is an engrossing drama, with a dazzling performance by Al Pacino in the title role.

May 22, 2013 | Full Review…
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.

May 22, 2013 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Newsday
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Phil Spector

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 Sayers
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