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Phil Spector

  • Rated TVMA
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drama


The client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector and defense lawyer Linda Kenney Baden--who represented Spector during his first murder trial--is explored in this drama.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    47%
  • Audience Score
    32%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    47%
    reviews counted: 16
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  • Audience

    32%

Top Critic Reviews

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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

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

2 stars

Good performance from Al Pacino (as expected), but that's the only good thing about this movie. The story is shallow and incomplete, and fails to make us care for any of the characters. Not to mention it's historically inaccurate (hence the thorough disclaimer at the beginning).

- GabrielKnight, Saturday, September 21, 2013

3 stars

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