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Phil Spector Reviews

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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
The results are tedious, talky and self-important.
Top Critic
May 22, 2013
A frustrating film that leaves the questions -- pretty much all of them -- unanswered.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 22, 2013
It all adds up, or doesn't, to an unhinged (as opposed to "unchained") melody that's likely to fall on deaf ears.
May 22, 2013
As written and directed by Mamet, never shy about his exceptionalist view of Jewish identity, the sympathy the film affords to Spector scans as suspect.
May 22, 2013
I'm not sure that what Mamet's trying to say here about celebrity justice is worth the risk of making things any worse.
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?"
| Original Score: C
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
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.
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
Phil Spector is missing dramatic tension.
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.
May 22, 2013
Phil Spector is watchable, but given the lofty expectations raised by HBO movies, it's also the cinematic equivalent of a bad hair day.
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
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
Phil Spector doesn't give us much to talk about or applaud.
May 22, 2013
It's as if Mamet, who directed as well as wrote, decided that the point of the venture was Pacino and didn't much bother to paint in around the star.
May 22, 2013
Great moments fail to lead to a satisfying climax.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
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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