Being Elmo

“Director Constance Marks’ portrait of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash is a movie without conflict. The film simply has no time for bad feelings. (My 3-year-old nephew just graduated from his obligatory Elmo phase, so I gotta pause here and mention that the Elmo Potty Training DVD might be the trippiest thing I have ever seen.)” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/14/2011

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Young Adult

Young Adult is remarkable for the way that it espouses two seemingly contradictory toxic worldviews. On one hand, the film is a mean-spirited revenge fantasy, in which the girl who was prettier and more popular than you in high school returns home as a shrew. At the same time, we must suffer the movie’s septic condescension toward small-town life.” – The Improper Bostonian, 12/14/2011

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New Year's Eve

“Director Garry Marshall follows up his odious 2010 Valentine’s Day with another overcrowded, cliche-ridden ensemble picture about a holiday I fucking hate. But the worst moment belongs to Jon Bon Jovi, performing a Times Square rendition of ‘I Can’t Turn You Loose’ that just might be the whitest thing I have ever seen.” – Philadelphia Weekly, 12/07/2011

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