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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Reviews

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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
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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
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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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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 3, 2012
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" is the story of a young man who knew what he wanted to do and did it, who made his dreams real. This may be the most truly American movie in memory.
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
December 15, 2011
Watching Clash realize his dream is gratifying, and the behind-the-scenes Muppets stuff is fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 16, 2011
The most interesting part of this lively, likable documentary is the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 5, 2011
A marvelous movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
November 3, 2011
A documentary as gentle as its subject: the story of a boy who realized his dream and, on the film's evidence, received a lot of encouragement and support along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 3, 2011
"Kevin comes alive through Elmo," says Clash's mother in the film, and it's true. Watching him manipulate the puppet for adoring children, a kindness and joy shines through.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 27, 2011
It is, like Sesame Street, a captivating story for viewers of all ages. Even those unfamiliar with cherry-red Elmo will immediately fall under his spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 21, 2011
Who can fail to be moved by this?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
October 21, 2011
You'd have to be a true Grouch not to be moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 21, 2011
Even Oscar the Grouch would be moved by the inspiring history of Kevin Clash, the man who gives Elmo his voice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
October 20, 2011
A winning tale of the persistence and creativity behind one of the most famous and fuzziest faces in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 20, 2011
Even committed Elmo-haters may be converted by the time the closing credits roll, because Marks smartly locates the heart of the movie in Clash's devotion to Henson.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
October 18, 2011
Directors Constance Marks and Philip Shane make use of a wealth of fascinating period footage that shows Clash's career ascension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2011
Profile of exceptional performer charms with unexpected delights.
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John Anderson
Variety
January 25, 2011
Helmer Constance Marks gives us a gentle giant of a man, whose precocious interest in puppets and puppetry was inspired by the same show that made Elmo a cultural fixture, Sesame Street.