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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Reviews

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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
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
March 2, 2012
Entertaining and extremely moving in its depiction of a man devoted to an odd craft that exists, essentially, to make people happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 13, 2012
You'd have to be a real Grouch not to enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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.
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 21, 2012
Adoring, feel-good, sweet documentary about Kevin Clash, best known as Elmo's hand, voice and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
January 9, 2012
There are several things that are impossible to do. Swimming across the Pacific is one; another is disliking Kevin Clash.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jon Niccum
Kansas City Star
January 5, 2012
"Being Elmo" is that rare piece of nonfiction filmmaking that begets cross-generational appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
December 14, 2011
I don't mind a tender tribute to the man who made such a tender impact on the world, and the astounding archival footage is worth a million "dark turning points."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 2, 2011
It serves as an object lesson in the ultimate power of believing in oneself and persevering against long odds and ridicule from others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matt Pais
November 23, 2011
A nice glass of milk to wash down the warmth of The Muppets.
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
Shawn Levy
November 22, 2011
"Being Elmo" is a light and lightly inspiring film, showing how an unlikely passion can transform into not only a career but a cultural mainstay.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 17, 2011
The Muppeteer is almost as lovable as the Muppets.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
November 17, 2011
The film would put a smile on the face of Scrooge himself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
November 15, 2011
It's a moving, incisive portrait of an unheralded artist and a subtle glimpse into issues of race, media, and culture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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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