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Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

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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“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
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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  full review
 
Watching Clash realize his dream is gratifying, and the behind-the-scenes Muppets stuff is fun.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
The most interesting part of this lively, likable documentary is the journey.
Mark Feeney, Boston Globe  full review
 
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  full review
 
A marvelous movie.
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
Who can fail to be moved by this?
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor  full review
 
You'd have to be a true Grouch not to be moved.
Sara Stewart, New York Post  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
 
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  full review
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