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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 33 | Rotten: 10

This fun and moral tale entertains both first-time Seasame Street watchers and seasoned veterans.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 5

This fun and moral tale entertains both first-time Seasame Street watchers and seasoned veterans.



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Elmo loves his fuzzy, well-worn blue blanket better than anything in the whole world. In fact, they are inseparable...a perfect team. Elmo would never let anything happen to it-until a tug-of-war with his friend Zoe sends his beloved blanket into a faraway land and Elmo in hot pursuit. Facing life without his cherished blanket, Elmo summons all of his courage and determination and sets off on an action-packed rescue mission that plunges him into Grouchland-a place full of grouchy creatures,

Oct 30, 2001

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The film is nothing if not benign, but its merits are moot for those above 7 or so.

October 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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How does it end? With a headache, of course, from all those cheering children.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The Jim Henson folks, who earlier this year gave us Muppets from Space, come up with another winner.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland won't tickle anyone much above the age of 6.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
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If you have an Elmo fan in your life, Elmo In Grouchland is a must.

January 1, 2000
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Teens and young adults who have loved Sesame Street since childhood may just find themselves drawn to The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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Sesame Street fans will love this sweet movie.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The character is bereft of subtlety, the lessons are simple, loud, and clear, and there is a suprising dearth of comedy.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Good fun for the single digit aged set!

December 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Kids who love Barney or the Muppets will undoubtedly feel right at home.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A delightful little picture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Screen It!
Screen It!

A lightweight, familiar comic adventure that ought to thrill the very young.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Remains faithful to the essence of Sesame Street.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Perfect for that discriminating five-year-old in your life, or any grown-up who still wonders what goes on deep inside Oscar's garbage can.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Most patient adults may want to strangle the impish Elmo within the first 10 minutes of this movie.

January 1, 2000

Strictly for those who are currently watching the PBS series: that is, the preschool/kindergarten audience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The film isn't all it could be.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

There are enough audience participation scenes to keep young children from getting restless.

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

It's no secret that I'm a huge Muppet/Sesame Street fan so I obviously liked
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland. It's not the best Sesame Street film but it does have all the favourite Muppet performers in it plus the old favourite Sesame humans too. The songs are pretty good and quite frankly how can you have anything but love for little Elmo?
October 17, 2012

Super Reviewer

You can't say crap about the muppets, sesame street, or elmo
January 3, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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I never really was a fan of elmo, even growing up as a kid, but now that I look back on this film that I did see in theatres, I find it quite good. I am still not a fan of elmo, but besides that fact, it's pretty good!
May 14, 2010
KJ Proulx

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A fairly wonderful outing for Elmo. Never my favorite character, but who can resist his charm? Elmo is probably best suited as the lead in such a film. He has the most wiggle room, personality wise. It's great to see The Count and Cookie Monster popping up, even if they are used too briefly. Patinkin makes a very decent villain, and doesn't have to embarrass himself too much. Obviously, this is for very young children, but the trademark Sesame Street humor, enjoyed by all, remains in tact. The biggest problem is Burt and Ernie's constant interruptions, constantly giving away what happens. Damn those two!
October 15, 2009

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    1. Humongous Chicken: I'm not stupid kid!
    2. Elmo: Elmo don't think you're stupid.
    – Submitted by Evan A (19 months ago)
    1. Huxley: You know, I would really love to stay and chat, but I have to get home to take a nap with my brand new wooby.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Bug: Sir! Yes sir!
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Bug: He hugged me.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Bug: No.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
    1. Bug: [Turning on Huxley] You're a greedy selfish villain, and nobody likes to be friends with a greedy selfish villain. Hmph.
    – Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
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