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Phil Spector

HD   PG Closed Captioning

David Mamet

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About the Movie

The client-attorney relationship between legendary music producer Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden--who represented Spector during his first murder trial--is explored in this compelling HBO Films drama written and directed by David Mamet. Oscar(R) winners Al Pacino and Helen Mirren star in this work of fiction that recounts Spector's first trial in the gunshot death of actress Lana Clarkson in his home. Was it a clear case of murder as prosecutors charged? Or was it a suicide as Spector claimed? Jeffrey Tambor and Chiwetel Ejiofor co-star.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 37
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 19
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' 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, May 22, 2013

Fresh: If you are willing and able to take it on its own fictional terms, it does work as a well-acted legal drama, though even on that level, you're better off watching The Good Wife. – Robert Bianco, USA Today, 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, May 22, 2013

Fresh: Mamet will succeed in planting doubt (reasonable or not) in viewers' minds in this account of the murder trial of the larger-than-life Spector, brilliantly embodied by Pacino. – Tim Goodman, Hollywood Reporter, May 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Seen it prior & if you need some good sleep watch this movie!!

Wow, bbbbbbbbbbbbooooooooorrrrring! Watched the movie and put me right a sleep not once but 4 times trying to watch this movie. If I could rate this movie for putting people to sleep then I would have rated it as a 5 star!

Only complaint is its too short / not in depth enough

This was a good film, although it could have been much better I think - i felt it was too short for such incredible actors / performances and source material. There is a lot more that could have been covered. I was a little disappointed that it ended without going into things more.

Wrong genre. This isn't a documentary.

Saw some of it on HBO. Was OK, little weird, but mostly a waste of great acting talent.

Phil Spector
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2013

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