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83
Out of costume, Spinney is as impossibly sunny as his alter ego (with none of the crankiness of his other incarnation, Oscar the Grouch). At 80, he has no plans to hang up his feathers—welcome news for kids and parents everywhere.
80
I Am Big Bird breezes by a couple of opportunities to dig deeper into thornier subject matter, but those minor oversights don’t hurt the film in any significant way.
80
Shines a much deserved spotlight on this unheralded artist.
75
Slant Magazine
The transcendence that the film offers isn't to be taken lightly considering the near impossibility of living professionally as an artist.
70
Village Voice
I like what I Am Big Bird is trying to do — I just wish it were a little less Bird-nice, and a little more Grouch-frank.
70
This film, by Dave LaMattina and Chad Walker, reminds us that even the most omnipresent cultural phenomena were created by someone, usually through a combination of hard work and happenstance.
60
Empire
An affectionate portrait of a big-hearted man and a fitting testament to the enduring appeal of Sesame Street.
60
Where Elmo proved to be spiky Kevin Clash’s alter-ego, this sweet if superfluous doc shows that Spinney is Big Bird, a tireless performer who refuses to retire.
60
Time Out
It’s an adoring portrait — almost cloyingly so — with an emotional soundtrack that grates a little.
58
Henson saw potential in Spinney that he proceeded to realize over the course of many years. I Am Big Bird only has 90 minutes to cover the basics.

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