• Edwin Davies

    ★★★★ Watched by Edwin Davies 28 Feb, 2015

    Or, Oh, He Wrote That? Lively documentary about the meteoric rise and slow, simmering sobriety of Paul Williams, the singer-songwriter who became one of the world's least likely celebrities in the 1970s, then slipped into obscurity to battle addictions to drugs and alcohol.

    The film picks up with Williams in the late '00s after the director, who connected with Williams' work growing up but assumed for years that he had died (hence the title), met him at a screening of…

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  • Greg TeGantvoort

    ★★★★ Watched by Greg TeGantvoort 25 Feb, 2015

    There's a great story here. Also a story about a filmmaker who finally learns how to shut up and listen to his subject.

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  • Chris Popkoff

    ★★★½ Watched by Chris Popkoff 15 Feb, 2015

    An entertaining documentary that almost borders on parody as the vocal director inserts himself into the film and tries to provoke conflict and tragedy that's just not there. The end result is a documentary that feels like it's compiled of the things you're supposed to leave on the cutting room floor, and in the end it resonates as more "real" that way. It's not an essay, it's more or less what happened.

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  • Trevor Snyder

    ★★★★ Watched by Trevor Snyder 15 Feb, 2015

    I'm not often into documentaries where the filmmaker works so hard to make themselves part of the narrative, but it works here, mostly due to Williams always being so annoyed by the director's presence.

    Anyway, this is a nice tribute to a very important and often overlooked (today) figure.

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  • Kevin Doree

    ★★½ Added by Kevin Doree

    Uneven, but interesting look at a guy I remember seeing everywhere when I was a kid.

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  • john runion

    ★★★ Watched by john runion 08 Feb, 2015

    this could have been really great, but the director would not get out of the way. for some strange, unknown reason he seemed to think that we were watching his film because we were interested in him, his thoughts and his feelings as opposed to the reason why we actually watched his documentary.

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  • Steve Norwood

    ½ Watched by Steve Norwood 01 Feb, 2015

    Nope.

    I grew up with Paul Williams, and have really enjoyed some of his work. But the filmmaker here is so grating and invasive that it just sucks the life out of the film. It's not about you, man.

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  • Haley

    ★★★★ Watched by Haley 12 Jan, 2015

    This man deserves more recognition.

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  • J Hobbs

    ★★★½ Watched by J Hobbs 21 Nov, 2014

    Very good

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  • Paul Anthony Johnson

    ★★½ Watched by Paul Anthony Johnson 16 Nov, 2014

    Dismayingly close to what you'd likely get if the Chris Farley interview character from early 90s SNL made a doc about one of his musical heroes. Cringe-inducingly narcissistic and invasive, it's at least morbidly watchable in spite of its rambling, sloppy construction. Paul Williams acquits himself as a man of intelligence, humor, and saintly patience throughout, but the main entertainment value here is the amazing assemblage of 70s TV variety show clips, featuring a coked-up Williams subbing for Merv Griffin,…

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  • Craig Duffy

    ★★★★ Watched by Craig Duffy 14 Nov, 2014

    FINALLY a bio doc that does something interesting! It very much takes a cue from the Michael Moore book of documentary, but oh well. At least it's not "Paul Williams was born..." The director as character at least makes things interesting. There's an arc to this thing and it isn't afraid of showing the blemishes. And no need to resort to interviews with random other celebrities going on about how great Paul is either. Bravo!

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  • Kevin Weist

    ★★★ Watched by Kevin Weist 12 Nov, 2014

    "Why are there so many songs about rainbows?..."
    There's no denying the music. Timeless.

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