Paul Williams Still Alive Reviews

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February 9, 2020
In spite of its ramshackle, touch and go structure, Paul Williams Still Alive manages to paint a vivid picture of Mr. Williams by deconstructing his past and understanding his present with equal sensitivity.
January 8, 2019
It's the type of showmanship that earned the devotion of fans like Kessler in the first place and it's only natural that the director has made a film that will pass it along to new audiences.
January 21, 2013
The insightful, rueful, intensely self-critical and self-aware Williams delivers a harsh look at his own accomplishments, as well as at Kessler's process.
Top Critic
October 23, 2012
What makes Paul Williams Still Alive successful is the relationship between Kessler and Williams.
October 16, 2012
Always intriguing and often quite funny, Paul Williams Still Alive is exactly the documentary this celebrity deserves. It's respectful of his extraordinary accomplishments while giving us an accurate portrait of who Williams is today.
July 26, 2012
For all of Kessler's annoying traits, he did get results. Perhaps a different approach wouldn't have yielded a film as satisfying as "Paul Williams Still Alive."
July 12, 2012
The resulting documentary, at once endearing and dull, does indeed tell us about Williams, but it also tells us perhaps too much about Kessler.
July 1, 2012
Almost in spite of itself, this unfocused documentary accomplishes its main goal.
June 29, 2012
Filmmaker Stephen Kessler's sheer delight in following around his boyhood idol, whose music framed much of the '70s when Kessler was a lad in Queens, is thoroughly infectious.
June 21, 2012
An entertaining, emotionally inspired stroll down memory lane -- that is, for Kessler.
June 20, 2012
The movie is fascinating, though it smacks its own lips a bit too much at the tackiness of freak '70s stardom.
June 15, 2012
That's what makes the film so endearing - it captures that strange relationship between film subject and filmmaker, something that is carefully hidden in most documentaries.
June 15, 2012
Too bad the film's obscure star will be a hard sell to non-music geeks or anyone born after 1965, because this film's a blast.
June 10, 2012
Charming, poignant and very funny, Paul Williams: Still Alive is a wonderful testament to a truly gifted artist for whom the end of fame was not remotely the end for him.
June 9, 2012
It's an interesting look at celebrities and the filmmakers that try to document them.
June 8, 2012
Short and snappy, Paul Williams: Still Alive adroitly juxtaposes an archaic form of fame with one of its practitioners' present-day survival.
June 8, 2012
Even with flaws, Kessler does manage to paint a portrait of a talented guy who seems to be a lot happier with his life now having finally found himself.
June 8, 2012
Williams, who was elected president of ASCAP in 2009, speaks frankly and eloquently about his problems dealing with fame, and his recovery.
June 7, 2012
Mr. Williams's quiet integrity trumps Mr. Kessler at every turn.
Top Critic
June 7, 2012
Needless to say, the title of the movie still applies.
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