Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

Beloved by children of all ages around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people know his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

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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Cory Everett
The Playlist

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.

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Marsha Lederman
Globe and Mail

[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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Watching Clash realize his dream is gratifying, and the behind-the-scenes Muppets stuff is fun.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Young or old, Elmo fan or not, anyone can find something of real value in Clash's story.

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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Film4

Gentle, sincere, and filled with moments of genuine joy and wonderment, this story of a boy who came to realise his dreams is as good-natured and uncontroversial as Elmo himself.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
If I could be anything I wanted to be then a Sesame Street puppeteer would definitely be in my top 5 along with astronaut and Superhero. Watching this… More
Daniel Perry
It's interesting, but I didn't see why it got all the hyperbolic praise it did. It's far from the first public glimpse inside Henson's… More
KJ Proulx
With such a great story to tell, this documentary, "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" is definitely as heartwarming as it is enlightening and… More
paul oh
Its simply beautiful. Having Jim Henson looked as a true model, this gives us a perfect understanding of a hungry puppeteer.
Alex roy
Great documentary about talented puppeteer Kevin Clash who performed the role of Elmo on Sesame Street. This is a great film that goes in depth into his career,… More
Mike S
We are all very familiar with the muppets in Sesame Street, but we don't really know much about the puppeteers. In this inspiring and heartwarming… More