Phil Spector Reviews

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.
Top Critic
May 22, 2013
A frustrating film that leaves the questions -- pretty much all of them -- unanswered.
May 22, 2013
Mirren and Pacino are fantastic, and Tambor rightfully underplays the larger-than-life Cutler, who rivals Spector himself.
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
Phil Spector is missing dramatic tension.
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.
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
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
Mamet's script and direction are spot on and richly detailed, from the crisply naturalistic dialogue to the details of Spector's reclusive life.
May 22, 2013
Phil Spector doesn't give us much to talk about or applaud.
May 22, 2013
Mr. Pacino's portrait of Spector is stunning in its guile and vitality.
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.
May 22, 2013
The results are tedious, talky and self-important.
May 22, 2013
In the end, Phil Spector succeeds on the strength of its two marquee thespians.
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.