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.
| Original Score: B
Young or old, Elmo fan or not, anyone can find something of real value in Clash's story.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
I'll go to my grave believing that Elmo is a punk. Kevin Clash, however, is definitely not a punk, not one bit.
| Original Score: 7/10
Constance Marks's delightful, unpretentious documentary both captures the man in all his complex simplicity and throws light on his craft.
More than 100 million Elmo owners can't be wrong, can they?
He seems like a genuinely nice celebrity, possibly because he is never recognised in the street.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
He simply seems to be a good guy who created something that little children love. Fair enough.
What a terrific bunch of guys the Muppets/Sesame Street creators are, not just spiritually, but technically.
Slight, but an uplifting, universal rallying call for creative people to follow their dreams.
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.
It's not what you'd call a hard-hitting portrait but, like Elmo, it is ridiculously sweet, sprightly and warm.
A charming, if occasionally surface-deep look at the man behind the fur. Elmo like!
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.
Underdogs, dreams, imagination, artistry, unashamed emotion... it's the cinematic equivalent of a big red hug.
[A] wonderful documentary.
[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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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).
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Despite an exhaustive series of interviews with famous puppeteers and a few celebs (among them Whoopi Goldberg, who also narrates), it's a documentary that feels a bit tedious by journey's end.