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59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sherman
    88
    The Jim Henson folks...come up with another winner.
  2. Gentle, funny and full of the lessons one expects from the scions of the late Jim Henson.
  3. Full of that wonderful junky, clunky, huggable smartness that has made "Sesame Street'' an enduring phenomenon.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    It's strictly for the kids, and they'll be tickled.
  5. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    50
    The somewhat complicated plot may disappoint or confuse some tiny Elmo fans.
  6. 41
    Hardly a ripping, inspired children's film.
  7. Reviewed by: Monica Eng
    75
    Subtle lessons on friendship, materialism and cooperation along with clever touches.
  8. Reviewed by: Phoebe Flowers
    75
    For those in the 3 to 5 bracket, Elmo doesn't often aim wrong.
  9. There's probably not much of an audience for Elmo in Grouchland beyond the toddler crowd.
  10. 75
    Elmo graciously shares the stage with a cast of players who will not only delight youngsters but will come as sweet relief to grown-ups.
  11. 63
    Should entertain less jaded youngsters.
  12. 63
    Only a grouch wouldn't be a little tickled.
  13. 67
    A top-notch example of uninsulting kid humor at its goofiest.
  14. While adults may feel out of their league, there are a few jokes that will appeal to them.
  15. 70
    This sweet little tale is as informative as it is entertaining for its target audience, the very youngest of the Muppet franchise's fans.
  16. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    60
    The film is simplicity itself.
  17. The film is nothing if not benign, but its merits are moot for those above 7 or so.
  18. It looks as if no one bothered to deliver more than the minimum requirement of magic or artistry.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    50
    Too tepid to interest anyone old enough to operate a TV remote control.
  20. 50
    Elmo's obsessive reaction is never examined, compromising the ability of this rambling minor spectacle to put across its obvious lesson about sharing.
  21. Reviewed by: Gary Halvorson
    35
    I'd wait for video unless your kid's just dying to see "Sesame Street" characters on the big screen.

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