• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 24, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 20, 2013
    100
    Mirren and Pacino are fantastic, and Tambor rightfully underplays the larger-than-life Cutler, who rivals Spector himself.
  2. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 21, 2013
    83
    In the end, Phil Spector succeeds on the strength of its two marquee thespians. Mirren is wonderful throughout, Pacino scores in double figures and they have enough scenes together to make it all well worth your while.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 21, 2013
    100
    Mamet is very much on his game in Phil Spector, but so is every member of his cast, including Al Pacino as Spector and Helen Mirren as attorney Linda Kenny Baden: Watching these two titans of acting work is half the fun.
  4. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Mar 20, 2013
    88
    Mamet and his actors have created a fascinating character study that puts our notions of prejudice, celebrity, media and justice in the spotlight.
  5. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Mar 21, 2013
    90
    To watch Mr. Pacino's Spector pull himself back from the edge to shout, bitterly, that of course he knows this is only a rehearsal--he'll go on, awkwardly, to assure the shaken defense team that they've done well--is to feel the full force of the intelligence behind this drama.
  6. From Spector's verbal bluster, to all the chatter about ballistics and forensics, it's a very talkie 90 minutes, occasionally punctuated by a haunting soundtrack. But the high-caliber performers, as well as Mamet's sparkling dialogue, keep things compelling.
  7. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Mar 15, 2013
    83
    The film costars an on-form Helen Mirren as Linda Kenney Baden, one of Spector's real-life defense attorneys.... Pacino too is excellent. [22 Mar 2013, p.58]
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Mar 21, 2013
    90
    It is surely is Mamet’s strongest drama in ages, and a seductive, devious essay on the tortured celebrity soul.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Sep 1, 2014
    6
    Regardless of whether it is true or not--it's held together by two strong performances and wonderful writing. Phil Spector is a bold view of a nationally recognized court case--by the end, you'll have plenty of opinions. Full Review »
  2. Mar 18, 2014
    10
    Pacino and Mirren are absolutely fantastic in this! And Mamet wonderfully captures Spector's tortured soul and Linda's determination, which is just as strong as her (Mirren's) performance. Full Review »
  3. Apr 2, 2013
    3
    Nothing about this film pops out. It seems like any other HBO show. Sure it features big names but they give dull performances rarely even shaping a character. The story is plain and would have been the same difference as a documentary. Full Review »