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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 24, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: Written and directed by David Mamet, the biopic about the events leading to Phil Spector's (Al Pacino) 2007 trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson, focuses on his professional relationship with his defense attorney, Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 21, 2013
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Mar 21, 2013
    It is surely is Mamet’s strongest drama in ages, and a seductive, devious essay on the tortured celebrity soul.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 21, 2013
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 21, 2013
    Phil Spector is just about ideal as an HBO movie; watchable and gossip-worthy but just not that compelling.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    May 29, 2013
    Both actors [Al Pacino and Helen Mirren] could thrive with this story (Pacino's a ringer for Spector) but Mamet speculates a bit too much. Had he eliminated the title character entirely, it might have been more intriguing.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 22, 2013
    Claustrophobic, stagey and muddled, the movie offers two memorable set pieces.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 25, 2013
    It’s an insidious whitewash of a convicted killer and an infamous smear of his victim. It’s a shame on all involved.... The closest thing to fairness in Phil Spector is the blow-you-away performance by Al Pacino in the title role.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Mar 18, 2014
    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. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2014
    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. Expand
  3. Apr 2, 2013
    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. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2013
    Regardless of what people may say about this poorly researched movie or what they may say about Al Pacino, he nailed my father in his acting. But, as an author of another article stated regarding the movie as a whole "What's the point?". I certainly was not entertained by a movie that used misinformation to prove reasonable doubt. This movie was not only disrespectful to Lana Clarkson (whom I never met), it mischaracterized George C. Brand (the "bodyguard" that Al Pacino took the gun from in the studio). George (was my guardian and like a father to me and my brothers), would never have allowed my father to take his gun, especially since my father would have had his own.

    This movie was very disrespectful to even the Spector family by not at least acknowledging he had a wife (as bad as she was), at the time of the trial, in favor of a story more about LKB than my father.

    This movie is definitely NOT worth watching.