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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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.