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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
A film without conflict. The movie simply has no time for bad feelings.
Cory Everett
The Playlist
July 10, 2013
Even if Elmo was a little after your time, the doc is sure to wring a few tears out of nostalgia prone adults with its behind-the-scenes look at a show everybody grew up with.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael Dequina
June 4, 2012
Young or old, Elmo fan or not, anyone can find something of real value in Clash's story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 2, 2012
Gentle, sincere, and filled with moments of genuine joy and wonderment, this story of a boy who came to realise his dreams is as good-natured and uncontroversial as Elmo himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
May 1, 2012
I'll go to my grave believing that Elmo is a punk. Kevin Clash, however, is definitely not a punk, not one bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2012
Constance Marks's delightful, unpretentious documentary both captures the man in all his complex simplicity and throws light on his craft.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
April 27, 2012
More than 100 million Elmo owners can't be wrong, can they?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

This is London
April 27, 2012
He seems like a genuinely nice celebrity, possibly because he is never recognised in the street.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
April 26, 2012
A sweet, engaging documentary, Being Elmo largely steers clear of Clash's personal life to offer a wholesome portrait of a man who has dedicated himself to the thing he loved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
April 26, 2012
He simply seems to be a good guy who created something that little children love. Fair enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
April 26, 2012
What a terrific bunch of guys the Muppets/Sesame Street creators are, not just spiritually, but technically.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ashley Clark
Little White Lies
April 26, 2012
Slight, but an uplifting, universal rallying call for creative people to follow their dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
April 24, 2012
Constance Marks's film is a simple cut-and-paste job, drawing on new interviews and archive, but what it lacks in refinement it makes up for in infectious warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
April 23, 2012
It's not what you'd call a hard-hitting portrait but, like Elmo, it is ridiculously sweet, sprightly and warm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 23, 2012
A charming, if occasionally surface-deep look at the man behind the fur. Elmo like!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Hannah McGill
The List
April 17, 2012
A revealing insight into the Henson universe, and a winning study of the hard work that goes into turning fake fur and plastic eyeballs into an international craze.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
April 16, 2012
Underdogs, dreams, imagination, artistry, unashamed emotion... it's the cinematic equivalent of a big red hug.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 6, 2012
[A] wonderful documentary.
Top Critic
Marsha Lederman
Globe and Mail
March 16, 2012
[Clash is] portrayed as a mild-mannered, kind, giving, supremely talented soul, with a deep love for the puppet he animates and the children who love him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
March 16, 2012
A feel-good documentary about a cheerful guy who's not made out of felt (but probably would be just as cheerful if he was).
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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