A marvelous movie.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
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
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
The most interesting part of this lively, likable documentary is the journey.
Mark Feeney - Boston Globe
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
John Anderson - Variety
You'd have to be a true Grouch not to be moved.
Sara Stewart - New York Post
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
[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
Profile of exceptional performer charms with unexpected delights.
Justin Lowe - Hollywood Reporter
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
A film without conflict. The movie simply has no time for bad feelings.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
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.
Cory Everett - The Playlist
Young or old, Elmo fan or not, anyone can find something of real value in Clash's story.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
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.
I'll go to my grave believing that Elmo is a punk. Kevin Clash, however, is definitely not a punk, not one bit.
Christopher Long - Movie Metropolis
Constance Marks's delightful, unpretentious documentary both captures the man in all his complex simplicity and throws light on his craft.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
More than 100 million Elmo owners can't be wrong, can they?
Tara Brady - Irish Times
He seems like a genuinely nice celebrity, possibly because he is never recognised in the street.
- This is London
A sweet, engaging documentary, Being Elmo largely steers clear of Clash's personal life to offer a wholesome portrait of a man who has dedicated himself to the thing he loved.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
He simply seems to be a good guy who created something that little children love. Fair enough.
What a terrific bunch of guys the Muppets/Sesame Street creators are, not just spiritually, but technically.
Antonia Quirke - Financial Times
Slight, but an uplifting, universal rallying call for creative people to follow their dreams.
Ashley Clark - Little White Lies
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
It's not what you'd call a hard-hitting portrait but, like Elmo, it is ridiculously sweet, sprightly and warm.
Siobhan Synnot - Scotsman
A charming, if occasionally surface-deep look at the man behind the fur. Elmo like!
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
A revealing insight into the Henson universe, and a winning study of the hard work that goes into turning fake fur and plastic eyeballs into an international craze.
Hannah McGill - The List
Underdogs, dreams, imagination, artistry, unashamed emotion... it's the cinematic equivalent of a big red hug.
Jamie Graham - Total Film
[A] wonderful documentary.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
A feel-good documentary about a cheerful guy who's not made out of felt (but probably would be just as cheerful if he was).
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Entertaining and extremely moving in its depiction of a man devoted to an odd craft that exists, essentially, to make people happy.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
You'd have to be a real Grouch not to enjoy it.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Adoring, feel-good, sweet documentary about Kevin Clash, best known as Elmo's hand, voice and soul.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
There are several things that are impossible to do. Swimming across the Pacific is one; another is disliking Kevin Clash.
Dan Lybarger - KC Active
"Being Elmo" is that rare piece of nonfiction filmmaking that begets cross-generational appeal.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
Watching Clash realize his dream is gratifying, and the behind-the-scenes Muppets stuff is fun.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
I don't mind a tender tribute to the man who made such a tender impact on the world, and the astounding archival footage is worth a million "dark turning points."
Justin Strout - Orlando Weekly
A wonderful, touching story, one that made me want to scoop up every kid I know who has a scrap of creative talent, and have them watch the film.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
It serves as an object lesson in the ultimate power of believing in oneself and persevering against long odds and ridicule from others.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
A nice glass of milk to wash down the warmth of The Muppets.
Matt Pais - RedEye
"Being Elmo" is a light and lightly inspiring film, showing how an unlikely passion can transform into not only a career but a cultural mainstay.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
The Muppeteer is almost as lovable as the Muppets.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The film would put a smile on the face of Scrooge himself.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It's a moving, incisive portrait of an unheralded artist and a subtle glimpse into issues of race, media, and culture.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
It's hard not to watch this story without a smile on your face...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Not a complete knockout, but a tapestral, feel-good tale of outside-of-the-box self-actualization.
Brent Simon - Shockya.com
"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
Inspiring docu about the man behind the Muppet superstar.
S. Jhoanna Robledo - Common Sense Media
Enjoyable .. If you can't find a screening where Clash (and Elmo) makes an appearance, I think it's better to wait for the small scren on this one.
Christopher Campbell - Movies.com
A sweetly told documentary about a puppet-maker who is now one of the prime movers on "Sesame Street," the longest-running children's show in television.
Shirley Sealy - Film Journal International
A totally enjoyable documentary as sweet-natured as Elmo himself. Absolutely inspiring.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
Who can fail to be moved by this?
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
There is no huge emotional climax, but the direct inspiration is refreshing in today's over-dramatized storytelling climate.
Clay Cane - BET.com
Elmo's enthusiasm and love is so infectious it's hard not to smile whenever this Muppet is on the screen.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
...has a welcome appreciation of craft and skill but turns away at most opportunities from exploring the human drama that lies behind them.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
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
You'd have to be pretty grouchy to resist the warm and fuzzy heart of this family-friendly doc.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
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
Kevin Clash fails to hold the screen as either a telegenic presence or as someone whose story is worthy of 76 minutes of anyone's time.
Andrew Schenker - Slant Magazine
One or two 'Barbara Walters moments' would have enhanced this profile of Muppeteer Kevin Clash. Without them, the biodoc is little more than an endearing, people pleasing puff piece.
Jennifer Merin - About.com
[VIDEO] As much a behind-the-scenes peek at Jim Henson's creative process as a biopic about a kid with a vision, "Being Elmo" is about Clash's supportive parents who helped guide him in the direction he wanted to go.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
There weren't quite as many (or any) behind-the-scenes puppet brawls as I had hoped in Constance Marks' doco Being Elmo, which instead focuses on the life of puppeteer Kevin Clash.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
I've actually never been a huge fan of the Elmo character, but this very charming film has made me a fan of Clash.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
Clash starts demonstrating the subtleties of puppeteering. You have to keep the puppet's mouth slightly open, so it looks like it's smiling. Keep it active, looking around, otherwise it looks dead. But don't overdo it.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
There's so much joy crammed into the film that there's no time to notice the lack of depth.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
People love Elmo, but it's also pretty clear that "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey" is a documentary that plays well to a crowd on its own.
Dan Fienberg - HitFix