When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story

When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story

Biopic about Lois Wilson, played by Winona Ryder, wife of Bill Wilson who founded Alchololics Anonymous in 1935.

"The two married following Bill’s (Barry Pepper, Saving Private Ryan) returm from WWI. Despite concerns over Bill’s drinking, Lois believed he was destined for greatness. She believed her love and support would eventually persuade Bill to quit drinking. When he finally attained sobriety, he poured his time and energy into helping other drunks, which led to the founding of AA. Lois felt resentment that her patience and devotion were not acknowledged. After discovering the wives of other alcoholics experienced the same frustration, she co-founded her own fellowship: Al-Anon. Al-Anon assists the friends and families of alcoholics." (Official Synopsis).

Produced by CBS Television and Hallmark.

2010Rating: M, contains adult themes92 minsCanada, USA
BiographyDramaTrue Story & Biography
14%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Ultimately, though, the history behind AA isn't as fascinating as it needs to be to animate this sort of endeavor, leaving little to do but admire the central performances.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's Lois' movie, and Ryder, though sweet-voiced and still heartbreakingly lovely, spends most of it looking bewildered. With her period clothing and mannerisms, she looks like a child playing dress up.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Love is a pleasant, burnished look at two intertwined lives.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

That it's so hard to watch the middle third of this biopic is, in fact, a testament to its effectiveness. It renders the struggles of dealing with an alcoholic spouse painfully real.

Variety

Variety

press

Ultimately, though, the history behind AA isn't as fascinating as it needs to be to animate this sort of endeavor, leaving little to do but admire the central performances.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

It's Lois' movie, and Ryder, though sweet-voiced and still heartbreakingly lovely, spends most of it looking bewildered. With her period clothing and mannerisms, she looks like a child playing dress up.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Love is a pleasant, burnished look at two intertwined lives.

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

That it's so hard to watch the middle third of this biopic is, in fact, a testament to its effectiveness. It renders the struggles of dealing with an alcoholic spouse painfully real.

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