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

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 21, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
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Critic Score: 95% 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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Yasmin Shehab

It's a reminder of the people who affected our childhood so much and whose art form is being left behind in the age of Pixar and Dreamworks.

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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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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

A film without conflict. The movie simply has no time for bad feelings.

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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Matthew Slaven
Though it feels a bit like a missed opportunity, stretched too thin to explore any of its subjects deeply, this Cinderella love story is about as sweet and… More