88

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is fascinating, though it smacks its own lips a bit too much at the tackiness of freak '70s stardom.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
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.
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
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.
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80

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
What makes the movie so good is Williams' absolute refusal to play along.
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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.
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80

Variety

By Joe Leydon
An engrossing and satisfying picture, one that can be enjoyed even by people who have never before heard of its subject.
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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.
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63

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
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.
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40

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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