I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story Reviews

June 20, 2019
The problem is that LaMattina and Walker refuse to let Spinney's story breathe for a single moment, instead relying on a barrage of maudlin tactics to choke tears out of viewers.
May 16, 2016
It plays like an extended promo, washed with a score of elevator-music strings, and composed of so many talking-head snatches that it often feels like a trailer for itself.
June 25, 2015
There's little sour to temper the sweetness of this portrait.
June 19, 2015
While nice--arguably too nice, in fact--it feels like fifty minutes of material drawn out to nearly ninety.
May 20, 2015
I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, for the most part, is a puff piece. A feather film, if you will. It's as nice and flavorful and yellow as a Nilla cookie.
May 14, 2015
We get the surface of who this man is, but -- and perhaps this is a testament to the man himself -- we want to know more.
May 11, 2015
Schmaltz continually threatens to overcome genius in this super-sentimental account of gifted puppeteer Caroll Spinney.
May 7, 2015
Spinney's unassuming career is worth celebrating, even if it doesn't provide much of a story.
May 4, 2015
The overall effect, drenched by Joshua Johnson's unnecessarily surging score, is far too portentous for its own good.
April 30, 2015
I Am Big Bird, is a must if you want to listen to 90 minutes of bland platitudes about the "genius" of a man who dresses as a giant yellow bird for a living.
April 30, 2015
This is a story that belongs on the small screen. It simply isn't interesting enough to hold the attention for 90 minutes.
April 27, 2015
The problem with I Am Big Bird is simply that Spinney's story may be heartwarming but it entirely lacks drama.