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  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Kessler has indeed made a film about a fame-chasing narcissist in desperate need of attention. But that has nothing to do with the guy we came to see. show more

  • 80
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The film has a winning combination for all sorts of platforms as the story is highly intriguing and the music speaks, or rather sings, for itself. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Williams, who was elected president of ASCAP in 2009, speaks frankly and eloquently about his problems dealing with fame, and his recovery. And more important, he earns our thanks by resolutely refusing to let Kessler turn this into a clichéd documentary. show more

  • 63
    Andrew Schenker Slant Magazine

    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. show more

  • 80
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    What makes the movie so good is Williams' absolute refusal to play along. show more

  • 80
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    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. By the end of this perceptive dual portrait, both men are content to merely be human. show more

  • 70
    Boxoffice Magazine

    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. show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    The movie is fascinating, though it smacks its own lips a bit too much at the tackiness of freak '70s stardom. show more

  • 80
    The New York Times

    Mr. Williams's quiet integrity trumps Mr. Kessler at every turn. Self-aware and articulate, with a modesty born from confidence, he persistently uses the film to extol - and demonstrate - the rewards of recovery. His conviction brings necessary moral weight to Paul Williams: Still Alive, which transcends caricature to emerge an impressive personal testament. show more

  • 80
    Joe Leydon Variety

    An engrossing and satisfying picture, one that can be enjoyed even by people who have never before heard of its subject. show more

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