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Fascinating because its subject is so influential and so deranged, a shambles because its filmmaker can't decide which approach to take and so takes all of them.
Murderer or not, the man is a musical genius, and Jayanti's film makes that abundantly, even tragically clear...
It's disconcerting but strangely effective -- you get a sense of different aspects of the man, coexisting as one.
A documentary examination of the genius, madness, arrogance and abject insecurity of rock music's most famous record producer.
Spector talking never fails to hold our interest, but other aspects of the film are less successful.
What makes Ecstasy essential viewing for any pop-music fan and any student of celebrity pathology is the interview itself.
The overall effect is as elaborate and fascinating as one of Spector's musical productions from the '60s.
Spector may be a paranoid loon with blood on his hands, but he's also a fascinating, tragic case study in splendid isolation.
...a sporadically intriguing yet disastrously overlong documentary...
Songs by the Crystals, the Righteous Brothers, and Ike & Tina Turner are about all that come out of this movie unscathed.
This is an unusually formatted documentary that, in other hands, may have concentrated on the trial instead of the music but this makes for an imaginative and entertaining document
...Jayanti's taken a unique approach, and the producer who emerges is a very flawed and strange man but undisputed musical genius.
He literally said he got the idea for his hair from Ben Wallace's afro, what more do I really have to say. Great documentary about one of the weirdest guy's in pop culture history.
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