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Bill W. Reviews

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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 28, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 14, 2012
A beautifully assembled documentary that reveals the purposefully low-profiled co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 14, 2012
... provides us with a surprisingly nuanced picture of one of the most important Americans of the 20th century.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 24, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
August 2, 2012
Pretty much like the man himself: solid, sometimes flawed and seriously unflashy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 2, 2012
This unsexy, informative doc might have worked just as effectively as a book or magazine article, rather than a film.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 2, 2012
"Bill W." tells the story of Bill Wilson and the organization he co-founded, Alcoholics Anonymous.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
June 7, 2012
A fascinating character study, whether you have any connection (as so many do) to the so-called recovery movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
June 1, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 18, 2012
[Wilson's] presence feels genuine, and adds to the unalloyed honesty of Hanlon and Carracino's storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 18, 2012
"Bill W." draws on a treasure trove of archival footage, audio recordings and interviews with people who knew him, and drives home his lifelong struggle with depression, as well as the sheer emotional burden of becoming a hero to millions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
May 17, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
May 17, 2012
There's an unflashy clarity to the documentary "Bill W." that suits its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
May 15, 2012
A loving, exhaustive, warts-and-all look at the man who spent years battling his own alcoholism before a spiritual experience in the hospital set him on the course to help others.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 27, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
July 13, 2012
Slickly but somewhat dully recounts Wilson's life and work with AA.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
May 28, 2012
This film's impact is hampered by a slavish adherence to chronology and vintage audio materials.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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