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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Reviews

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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
November 16, 2011
The most interesting part of this lively, likable documentary is the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 5, 2011
A marvelous movie.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
October 21, 2011
Who can fail to be moved by this?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 21, 2011
You'd have to be a true Grouch not to be moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
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+
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
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.
February 8, 2011
Profile of exceptional performer charms with unexpected delights.
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.