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  1. May 21, 2012
    What could have been a dull biography of Bill Wilson, the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous is brought to life through rare photos, archival footage, dramatic recreations and thoughtful interviews. The documentary is particularly clever in its use of interviews with recovering alcoholics. The interviews help you get a better understanding of not only Wilson, but the struggles of alcoholics in general. The film also does a good job in addressing the issues faced by any growing organization. Documentary buffs and fans of character driven stories should seriously consider giving this film a look. Collapse
  2. Aug 16, 2012
    Viewers will find the film both provocative and inspiring presenting Wilson as a flawed human and a visionary. It includes a great deal of Wilson\'s letters, film clips and audio recordings which allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of the man and his achievements. When the subject of a documentary is a man who has made such personal sacrifices and noble contributions, it is difficult to ignore his iconic image, but the film shows a man who admittedly never escaped all his demons and was haunted by doubts and depression all his life.To some this will diminish his status, to others it will enhance his legacy. Expand

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

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  1. Reviewed by: Geoff Pevere
    Aug 16, 2012
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    Aug 2, 2012
    Bill W., an admirable, illuminating film about the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, is pretty much like the man himself: solid, sometimes flawed and seriously unflashy.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Aug 1, 2012
    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 was already out of the barn - and his fame was such that Time magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential men of the century. Told he should be on a postage stamp, he said: "They'd have to show the back of my head."