Kevin Clash fails to hold the screen as either a telegenic presence or as someone whose story is worthy of 76 minutes of anyone's time.
| Original Score: 1/4
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Constance Marks's documentary on Kevin Clash, the kind, gentle man who created the Muppet beloved by every single child in the world, rushes through the intriguing points its interviewees bring up to devote more time to banalities.
The film is filled with so much insider Muppet lore that, at times, it strains even the goodwill that Clash generates.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
More than 100 million Elmo owners can't be wrong, can they?
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Slight, but an uplifting, universal rallying call for creative people to follow their dreams.
[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.
There weren't quite as many (or any) behind-the-scenes puppet brawls as I had hoped in Constance Marks' doco Being Elmo, which instead focuses on the life of puppeteer Kevin Clash.
It's not what you'd call a hard-hitting portrait but, like Elmo, it is ridiculously sweet, sprightly and warm.
I've actually never been a huge fan of the Elmo character, but this very charming film has made me a fan of Clash.
Enjoyable .. If you can't find a screening where Clash (and Elmo) makes an appearance, I think it's better to wait for the small scren on this one.
Backstage at the Muppet works, we see countless drawers filled with eyeballs, eyebrows, whiskers and wigs. It's the only world Kevin wanted to live in, and he made it.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film also provides an inspiring reminder for the young and the rest of us that there is a vital relationship between the best kind of work and passionate play.
A totally enjoyable documentary as sweet-natured as Elmo himself. Absolutely inspiring.
| Original Score: B+
A wonderful, touching story, one that made me want to scoop up every kid I know who has a scrap of creative talent, and have them watch the film.
| Original Score: 4/4
There is no huge emotional climax, but the direct inspiration is refreshing in today's over-dramatized storytelling climate.
The Muppeteer is almost as lovable as the Muppets.