Owen Gleiberman
June 22, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Paul Williams Still Alive

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
84 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/01/12
director
Stephen Kessler
distributor
Abramorama
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B+

Paul Williams could only have happened in the 1970s. Short, with curly lips that made him look like a smirky Little Lord Fauntleroy, he was a fixture on talk shows, a cheeseball actor, and the deeply gifted composer of melancholy pop like “Rainy Days and Mondays.” Then he burned out on drugs. In Stephen Kessler’s doc, he’s a humbled man who regrets the spoiled child he once was. The movie is fascinating, though it smacks its own lips a bit too much at the tackiness of freak ’70s stardom. B+

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