Paul Williams Still Alive Reviews

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.
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October 23, 2012
What makes Paul Williams Still Alive successful is the relationship between Kessler and Williams.
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.
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
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 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.
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June 7, 2012
Needless to say, the title of the movie still applies.
June 7, 2012
The footage in Paul Williams Still Alive-old and new-is highly entertaining, even moving. But it's as though Kessler recorded the DVD commentary track first, then made the movie.
June 5, 2012
The oft-hilarious push-and-pull between director and subject-Williams wryly notes that the film is turning into "the Steve and Paulie Show"-effectively hacks away at the celebrity-enthusiast divide.
June 5, 2012
By refusing to give Kessler what he needs ... Williams opens a door to something more satisfying.
June 3, 2012
The film too often undercuts its goals by indulging its director's need for self-affirmation at the expense of the movie's far more compelling central subject.
May 23, 2012
An engrossing and satisfying pic, one that can be enjoyed even by people who have never before heard of its subject.
May 23, 2012
A fascinating, penetrating look at a former celebrity who found his true self after crashing and burning.