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Phil Spector Reviews

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June 21, 2016
Mamet's film isn't sure what the hell to make of Spector. But, strangely, that's part of what makes it so compelling.
May 28, 2013
The movie broadens from Spector's legal case into larger explorations of prejudices people can harbor about celebrities and eccentrics. The result is a thoughtful, sometimes fascinating, purposefully inconclusive character study.
May 24, 2013
Pacino seldom fails to cut straight to the soul of a character who is both brilliant and pathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 22, 2013
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
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
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
The film is an engrossing drama, with a dazzling performance by Al Pacino in the title role.
May 22, 2013
It's an insidious whitewash of a convicted killer and an infamous smear of his victim. It's a shame on all involved.
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May 22, 2013
A frustrating film that leaves the questions -- pretty much all of them -- unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 22, 2013
Mirren and Pacino are fantastic, and Tambor rightfully underplays the larger-than-life Cutler, who rivals Spector himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
May 22, 2013
As we're treated to another nonsensical, repetitive soliloquy about the victimization of a violent millionaire, it's worth noting that the Wall of Sound required an echo chamber.
May 22, 2013
Mamet will succeed in planting doubt (reasonable or not) in viewers' minds in this account of the murder trial of the larger-than-life Spector, brilliantly embodied by Pacino.
May 22, 2013
Both actors are great and Mamet's gift with dialogue remains intact but the plotting and choice of storytelling in Phil Spector makes for a final product that doesn't make enough of a statement or tell us much about its title subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2013
As you can probably tell, I found the message behind Phil Spector pretty laughable. As drama, it's not particularly convincing either, even with Mamet's rat-a-tat-tat flair for dialogue mostly intact.
May 22, 2013
A stronger film could have inspired questions about the legal system, celebrity or the actual personalities involved in this case. The only question Phil Spector inspires is, "What's the point?"
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 22, 2013
Phil Spector is missing dramatic tension.
May 22, 2013
Mamet fails to present an overwhelming case, but it's just enough.
May 22, 2013
Great moments fail to lead to a satisfying climax.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 22, 2013
Mamet treats Spector with morbid fascination more than empathy, like a majestic but strange butterfly he can put behind glass and display but never truly understand.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 22, 2013
I'm wondering if it is possible to do something analogous to a citizen's arrest and file a credit dispute on behalf of the viewing public. Nobody produced this film.
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