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The best thing about "Bill W." is it paints the man as both inspirational and weak, damaged and determined and always searching. It makes Bill W. human.
Pretty much like the man himself: solid, sometimes flawed and seriously unflashy.
"Bill W." tells the story of Bill Wilson and the organization he co-founded, Alcoholics Anonymous.
A fascinating character study, whether you have any connection (as so many do) to the so-called recovery movement.
This is a real portrait that demonstrates that even when alcoholics quit drinking, it doesn't cure them of their other flaws. But it also gives credit where it's due.
This film's impact is hampered by a slavish adherence to chronology and vintage audio materials.
A beautifully assembled documentary that reveals the purposefully low-profiled co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
... provides us with a surprisingly nuanced picture of one of the most important Americans of the 20th century.
The audiotapes are the treasures: They resurrect Wilson as a warm, amicable presence. It's almost if Wilson had -- dare we say it? -- invited us pull up a stool to join him for conversation and a (non-alcoholic) drink at a friendly bar.
This unsexy, informative doc might have worked just as effectively as a book or magazine article, rather than a film.
Despite the filmmakers' efforts to humanize Wilson, however, Bill W. still dabbles in hagiography, valorizing the man while also painting him as a reluctant hero.
Slickly but somewhat dully recounts Wilson's life and work with AA.
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