The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector Reviews

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John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine
July 2, 2010
Brown's gushing, awkwardly presented liner notes discredit any attempt at objectivity without doing justice to Spector's achievements.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 27, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Cabin
June 29, 2010
fascinating, if somewhat slight
| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 27, 2011
...a sporadically intriguing yet disastrously overlong documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephanie Zacharek
June 30, 2010
Spector's weirdness is pretty much off the charts, and Jayanti's approach confirms our worst hunches while failing to illuminate any of the more intricate nooks and crannies of this brilliant, troubled soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2010
Spector talking never fails to hold our interest, but other aspects of the film are less successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Bret Milano
Boston Phoenix
January 20, 2011
Songs by the Crystals, the Righteous Brothers, and Ike & Tina Turner are about all that come out of this movie unscathed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Don Groves
December 29, 2010
The melody has gone for a flawed musical genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 6, 2011
Even with Spector's dark obsessions and current prison address, you can't dismiss his music's power, or its influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
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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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.
Edward Douglas
July 2, 2010
Falls somewhere directly between Court TV and VH-1 ... a fairly thorough portrait of [Spector] both as an eccentric but tormented artist and as an arrogant blowhard whose hubris may have been his undoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 30, 2010
engaging, illuminating and occasionally funny, but awkwardly and distractingly blends Spector's songs and murder trial footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.20/10
Prairie Miller
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.
Cole Smithey
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-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 16, 2010
The movie isn't interested in whether or not Spector is a murderer, but it gives him a chance to clear the air, and perhaps find a moment of peace for himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 16, 2011
...Jayanti's taken a unique approach, and the producer who emerges is a very flawed and strange man but undisputed musical genius.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 17, 2011
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
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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