Excerpts of select reviews of Paul Williams Still Alive: The insightful, rueful, intensely self-critical and self-aware Williams delivers a harsh look at his own accomplishments, as well as at Kessler’s process. Unwilling both to feign obliviousness and to play to the camera, Williams calls the project the “Steve and Paulie show” and makes their tensely artificial relationship the core of the story. The oft-hilarious push-and-pull between director and subject … effectively hacks away at the celebrity-enthusiast divide. By the end of this perceptive dual portrait, both men are content Watching is like going through an old scrapbook with the singer. There’s great footage of his highs, and his highs... drugs and alcohol derailed his career. Williams’ agenda sometimes clashes with the filmmaker’s but the friction only makes it better. Filmmaker Stephen Kessler has made a thoroughly satisfying, always engaging and unusually perceptive doc almost in spite of himself — and in the face no little resistance on the part of his subject, which would be the once very famous singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer Paul Williams.