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William (2019)



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Star academics, Doctors Julian Reed and Barbara Sullivan, fall in love with each other and with the idea of cloning a Neanderthal from ancient DNA. Against the express directive of University administrators they follow through on this audacious idea. The result is William: the first Neanderthal to walk the earth for some 35,000 years. William tries his best to fit into the world around him. But his distinctive physical features and his unique way of thinking--his "otherness"--set him apart and provoke fear. William's story is powerful and unique, but his struggle to find love and assert his own identity in a hostile world is universal--and timeless.


Maria Dizzia
as Dr. Barbara Sullivan
Waleed Zuaiter
as Dr. Julian Reed
Beth Grant
as Dr. Godwin Thomas
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
as Bob Clayborn
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Critic Reviews for William

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (6)

The intentions here are noble, but the execution is too obvious and strained to make much of a lasting impact.

April 25, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

In Disney's hands, "William" eschews freak show theatrics for something much weightier.

April 12, 2019 | Full Review…

William simply devolves into a drab, moody morality tale for parents about not treating your kids like test subjects.

April 12, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Tim Disney's film strikes a bland compromise between science-fantasy, suspense-melodrama and family entertainment, developing no element to a level that generates more than mild interest.

April 12, 2019 | Full Review…

There is more sweetness and humanity in William than in most of the time-wasters I've seen recently.

April 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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Deadly earnest in its highbrow seriousness, William would seem ripe for parody, except that Encino Man got there first.

April 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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