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Bill W. (2012)

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90

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 1

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Bill W. tells the story of William G. Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, a man included in TIME Magazine's "100 Persons of the 20th Century." Interviews, recreations, and rare archival material reveal how Bill Wilson, a hopeless drunk near death from his alcoholism, found a way out of his own addiction and then forged a path for countless others to follow. With Bill as its driving force, A.A. grew from a handful of men to a worldwide fellowship of over 2 million men and women - a

Unrated,

Documentary

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Patrick Gambuti Jr., Kevin Hanlon

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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.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Pretty much like the man himself: solid, sometimes flawed and seriously unflashy.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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"Bill W." tells the story of Bill Wilson and the organization he co-founded, Alcoholics Anonymous.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A fascinating character study, whether you have any connection (as so many do) to the so-called recovery movement.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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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.

June 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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This film's impact is hampered by a slavish adherence to chronology and vintage audio materials.

May 28, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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A beautifully assembled documentary that reveals the purposefully low-profiled co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

... provides us with a surprisingly nuanced picture of one of the most important Americans of the 20th century.

September 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

This unsexy, informative doc might have worked just as effectively as a book or magazine article, rather than a film.

August 2, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

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.

July 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Slickly but somewhat dully recounts Wilson's life and work with AA.

July 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

A doc about the man who clawed his own way out of drunkenness and then forged a path for countless others to follow, Bill W. suffers from some misplaced focus, but benefits from the plainly fascinating nature of its subject.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
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