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Being Elmo

21rdp_being-thumbstandard Beloved by millions of children, Elmo is a global icon. However, few people know the soft-spoken man behind the furry red monster: Kevin Clash. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, this documentary follows the Clash's remarkable career as a puppeteer.
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Netflix Rating: 4.0
NYT Critics' Pick
“Being Elmo" tells the story of the single-minded pursuit of puppet excellence by Kevin Clash, the man behind a certain fuzzy red creature. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 94%
Critics' score: 94   Audience score: 89   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

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. full review

Tom Long, Detroit News

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

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

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

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

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

Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

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

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

A marvelous movie. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

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

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

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

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

Who can fail to be moved by this? full review

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

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

Sara Stewart, New York Post

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

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times

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. full review

Melissa Anderson, Village Voice

Profile of exceptional performer charms with unexpected delights. full review

Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter

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. full review

John Anderson, Variety
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