Paul Williams Still Alive
Paul Williams Still Alive (2012)

He won Grammys and an Academy Award; wrote many #1 songs; starred in a Brian DePalma movie; put out his own hit records and albums; was a guest on The Tonight Show fifty times; and is the president of ASCAP...and you might not have heard of… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 8, 2012
DVD Release Date: February 4, 2013
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The resulting documentary, at once endearing and dull, does indeed tell us about Williams, but it also tells us perhaps too much about Kessler.

Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

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.

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Linda Holmes

What makes Paul Williams Still Alive successful is the relationship between Kessler and Williams.

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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Todd Jorgenson

Almost in spite of itself, this unfocused documentary accomplishes its main goal.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

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."

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

An entertaining, emotionally inspired stroll down memory lane -- that is, for Kessler.

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Chelsey Grasso
Paste Magazine

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.

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An interesting look and an interesting man, this documentary strays from the usual doc format - whether that is a good thing is debatable, as filmmaker Stephen… More
Walter M.
"Paul Williams: Still Alive" is a moderately involving documentary whose lesson is not to not meet one's heroes but rather to not get personally… More