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Rotten: 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.
- Alessandra Stanley, New York Times, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Rotten: Phil Spector is watchable, but given the lofty expectations raised by HBO movies, it's also the cinematic equivalent of a bad hair day.
- Brian Lowry, Variety, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Fresh: Mamet's script and direction are spot on and richly detailed, from the crisply naturalistic dialogue to the details of Spector's reclusive life.
- David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Despite great actors (Al Pacino, Helen Mirren)and great director in David Mamet this HBO Film is flat and seems to run out of steam way before its over
- fb100000196560296, Thursday, March 28, 2013
A TV movie that probably would have worked better as a straight play and that's hardly surprising with Mamet involved in the scripting and directing. Mirren is very good and Pacino is....well, Pacino! His acting is excellent but he never convinces as Phil Spector. The overall film is probably too sympathetic to Spector and has no regard for the victim so the whole thing needs to be taken with a pinch of salt and the fact that it finishes before the trial reaches a verdict is annoying but it is still entertaining viewing.
- sayers1977, Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Enjoyed some parts and aspects. Didn't know squat about Spector before I watched it. Al and Helen both felt a bit over the top, but perhaps that was required for the characters. I dunno. Kind of a fluff piece - if that's even possible for a story based on a murder.
- philpenny1, Tuesday, July 1, 2014