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Phil Spector Reviews

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Jason Bailey
Flavorwire
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.
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
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+
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Tom Conroy
Media Life
May 22, 2013
The film is an engrossing drama, with a dazzling performance by Al Pacino in the title role.
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
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
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Tim Goodman
Hollywood Reporter
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.
Mark Dawidziak
Cleveland Plain Dealer
May 22, 2013
Mamet fails to present an overwhelming case, but it's just enough.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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
David Zurawik
Baltimore Sun
May 22, 2013
The cast and crew for Phil Spector is pretty much a pop-culture dream team. And its members deliver a film worthy of their reputations and talents.
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
May 22, 2013
Mamet's script and direction are spot on and richly detailed, from the crisply naturalistic dialogue to the details of Spector's reclusive life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dorothy Rabinowitz
Wall Street Journal
May 22, 2013
Mr. Pacino's portrait of Spector is stunning in its guile and vitality.
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Robert Bianco
USA Today
May 22, 2013
If you are willing and able to take it on its own fictional terms, it does work as a well-acted legal drama, though even on that level, you're better off watching The Good Wife.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Owen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
May 22, 2013
Fans of legal dramas should be intrigued by Phil Spector, a well-paced 90-minute character-driven film
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Ed Bark
Uncle Barky
May 22, 2013
In the end, Phil Spector succeeds on the strength of its two marquee thespians.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Curt Wagner
RedEye
May 22, 2013
Doesn't matter whether any of the story actually happened--you should read newspaper archives for that anyway-Mamet and his actors have created a fascinating character study that puts our notions of prejudice,celebrity,media and justice in the spotlight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chuck Barney
Contra Costa Times
May 22, 2013
Pacino and Mirren make for a dynamic pair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
April 24, 2013
A strange thing -- a film that at times feels like it's trying to cancel out the very reason for its existence -- powered by the magnetic watchability of its two leads.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
March 29, 2013
Doesn't display any dramatic direction, but it has thespian verve and more than a few great scenes to help digest any inconsistencies and interruptions Mamet refuses to iron out.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
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.
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Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times
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.
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