• Released
  • May 18, 2012
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • Documentary
Bill W. Synopsis
Bill Wilson battles his way to sobriety and co-founds Alcoholics Anonymous.
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80

Variety

Showing deep appreciation for Wilson's influence, as well as for the obscurity in which he spent his career in the spiritual-rescue...
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80

Arizona Republic

By Kerry Lengel
As the filmmakers trace the troubles of his later life -- psychological, financial, marital -- they flesh out a portrait of a reluctant...
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80

Village Voice

By Ernest Hardy
A loving, exhaustive, warts-and-all look at the man who spent years battling his own alcoholism before a spiritual experience in the...
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80

Los Angeles Times

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Laudatory but never simplistic, Bill W. is a thoroughly engrossing portrait of Wilson, his times and the visionary fellowship that is his...
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Alcoholics Anonymous founder William G. Wilson, known mostly as Bill W. before his death in 1971, was played by James Woods in a fine 1989...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

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Bill W., an admirable, illuminating film about the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, is pretty much like the man himself: solid,...
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A key part of AA was anonymity: "Who you see here, what you say here, let it stay here." Bill Wilson himself was not anonymous - that horse...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

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All you needed was to accept your imperfection and reach out to others who'd done the same. Surely the man who said that must be perfect.
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70

The New York Times

Names and events are ticked off in rapid succession, and the big, and fascinating, question of what role spirituality played receives...
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30

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Despite the filmmakers' efforts to humanize Wilson, however, Bill W. still dabbles in hagiography, valorizing the man while also painting...
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