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Kevin Lally
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2010
What makes Ecstasy essential viewing for any pop-music fan and any student of celebrity pathology is the interview itself.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 30, 2010
Currently serving out a sentence that will likely consume the remainder of his life, Spector turns the interview into a trial on his own terms -- one that's gripping, revelatory, and a little self-incriminating.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Fear
Time Out
June 30, 2010
This portrait of the eccentric artist provides ecstasy via singers performing his greatest hits, and agony as Spector glowers through his original 2007 (mis)trial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
June 30, 2010
Fascinating psychobiography of an enigmatic rock 'n' roll legend-turned-tabloid sensation through his music and a frustrating interview on his bitterness and grudges.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 30, 2010
A landmark documentary about the man who created music's "Wall of Sound."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
June 29, 2010
A feature-length portrait of a pop music genius as (pre-)convicted murderer, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector lives up to its grandiose title
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 29, 2010
The film makes an audacious conceptual leap by juxtaposing dull television footage of the first trial with a music video soundtrack of Spector-produced records.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
June 29, 2010
fascinating, if somewhat slight
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
June 28, 2010
Veering wildly between paranoia and self-aggrandizement, Spector makes a fascinating subject.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
June 28, 2010
Attempting to explore the dissonance between great art and a damaged artist, this documentary more often luxuriates in Spector's venom and self-regard.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 22, 2010
Unintentionally hilarious in its goofy structure, Vikram Jayanti's documentary about mad musical genius Phil Spector is as entertaining as it frustrating.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 7, 2010
A collage of the real life eccentric's unfettered self-expression, while tempered with the agony of the public accusations against him juxtaposed strangely with his personal ecstasy of now legendary musical creations.
Jason Bailey
DVDTalk.com
June 30, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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