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I Am Big Bird (12A)

Documentary, Biography, Drama

A documentary about Caroll Spinney who has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. At 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

The critical consensus

An affectionate portrait of a big-hearted man and a fitting testament to the enduring appeal of Sesame Street.

***(*)(*)Ian Freer, Empire Online, 27/04/2015

Feel-good it may be, but I Am Big Bird is about as deep as a puppet’s pocket.

**(*)(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 27/04/2015

Apart from a troubled childhood, an unhappy first marriage, and a murder that randomly happened on Spinney’s property, there’s not a great deal of drama.

***(*)(*)Leslie Felperin, The Guardian, 30/04/2015

Verdict: Adoring documentary.

***(*)(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 01/05/2015

Now 81, he is a genial cove but his life is not quite as fascinating to others as he clearly finds it.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Sunday Express, 03/05/2015

The complex character inside the Big Bird suit is revealed in this often fascinating study of a lovable man-child.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 03/05/2015

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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