Pick a random title Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

2011 1.7/5 IMDb 7.7/10 (5.8k) PG SuperHD 76 minutes

Whoopi Goldberg narrates Elmo creator Kevin Clash's remarkable journey from a working-class Baltimore neighborhood to Jim Henson's "Sesame Street."

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Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg Directed by Constance Marks

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NYT Critics' Pick: Putting a Face to a Familiar Voice

“Being Elmo” tells the story of the single-minded pursuit of puppet excellence by Kevin Clash, the man behind a certain fuzzy red creature. — Neil Genzlinger Read the review

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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.

Dave Calhoun, Time Out, 2012-04-24


[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.

Marsha Lederman, Globe and Mail, 2012-03-16


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.

Tom Long, Detroit News, 2012-02-03


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

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-12-15


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.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2011-11-23


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.

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2011-11-18


The most interesting part of this lively, likable documentary is the journey.

Mark Feeney, Boston Globe, 2011-11-16


A marvelous movie.

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, 2011-11-05


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.

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, 2011-11-03


"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.

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2011-11-03


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.

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011-10-27


Who can fail to be moved by this?

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2011-10-21


You'd have to be a true Grouch not to be moved.

Sara Stewart, New York Post, 2011-10-21


Even Oscar the Grouch would be moved by the inspiring history of Kevin Clash, the man who gives Elmo his voice.

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2011-10-21


A winning tale of the persistence and creativity behind one of the most famous and fuzziest faces in the world.

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 2011-10-20


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.

Noel Murray, AV Club, 2011-10-20


Directors Constance Marks and Philip Shane make use of a wealth of fascinating period footage that shows Clash's career ascension.

Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York, 2011-10-18


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.

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 2012-03-15


The film is filled with so much insider Muppet lore that, at times, it strains even the goodwill that Clash generates.

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, 2011-11-11


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.

Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, 2011-10-18