Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
October 16, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
March 15, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
October 18, 2011
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.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 11, 2011
The film is filled with so much insider Muppet lore that, at times, it strains even the goodwill that Clash generates.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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
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
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
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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
Simon Miraudo
August 17, 2011
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.
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
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
I've actually never been a huge fan of the Elmo character, but this very charming film has made me a fan of Clash.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 25, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
May 23, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 23, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 18, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
October 22, 2011
A totally enjoyable documentary as sweet-natured as Elmo himself. Absolutely inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike Scott
December 9, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Clay Cane
October 21, 2011
There is no huge emotional climax, but the direct inspiration is refreshing in today's over-dramatized storytelling climate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 17, 2011
The Muppeteer is almost as lovable as the Muppets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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