Labyrinth (1986)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: While it's arguably more interesting on a visual level, Labyrinth provides further proof of director Jim Henson's boundless imagination.


Movie Info

Fifteen-year-old Sarah resents her baby brother Toby and secretly wishes that he will just disappear. Her wish comes true when goblins kidnap the boy. Feeling responsible and guilty about his abduction, she sets forth to retrieve him, and finds herself on the adventure of a lifetime. To rescue her brother, she must sneak into the castle of the Goblin King, which is in the center of a fantastical labyrinth. But, the task is easier said than done, for the maze is filled with strange creatures and … More

Rating: PG (violence)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Terry Jones, John Varley, Edward C. Hume, Lewis John Carlino, Jim Henson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 12, 1999
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast


as Jareth the Goblin Ki...

as Toby

as Stepmother

as Hoggle

as The Worm/Junk Lady

as The Wiseman

as Junk Lady

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as The Four Guards/Fire...

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as Left Door Knocke

as The Hat/The Four Gua...

as Hoggle/Goblin

as Ludo/Firey 2/Goblin

as Ballroom Dancer

as Didymus, Didymus/The...

as The Worm/The Four Gu...

as The Wiseman

as Right Door Knocker

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as Ambrosius

as Fireys

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as Goblin

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Critic Reviews for Labyrinth

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9)

An innovative mix of sophisticated puppetry and special effects, Labyrinth has all the components of classic myth.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Unfortunately, this contemporary (at least, for the era) fairy tale, directed and co-written by Muppets creator Jim Henson, never sets a timely tone beyond the 1980s. It remains disappointingly tethered to yesteryear.

Full Review… | August 2, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

Henson's imagination is boundless. But his movie has no pep. It's a dream in neutral.

Full Review… | June 29, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A real masterpiece of puppetry and special effects, an absolutely gorgeous children's fantasy movie.

Full Review… | June 14, 2007
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A remarkable achievement.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A wonderful eighties fantasy gem...

Full Review… | October 20, 2013
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Labyrinth

½

A delightful fantasy adventure clearly inspired by The Wizard of Oz (the book appears in at least two scenes) and fairy tales (even a poisoned fruit is there), and its dated visual effects and cheesy musical numbers have a charm only found in these movies of the '80s.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

Terribly disappointing. I'm not a fan of muppets anyway, and the campy faux musical numbers go nowhere. Sarah is such a brat at the beginning; her dad and stepmother aren't THAT cruel or negligent. She seems to go after the stolen Toby only out of self-preservation, not out of any fraternal love or filial piety. Her reason for loving her brother isn't shown or found, and there's no reconciliation with her parents in the end. The intended theme of the movie seems to be about growing up or learning responsibility, but there are no specific challenges that test those waters. There are no compelling plot points, no rising action or climax - just a bunch of traveling with some surface friendships, some chases, and not enough riddles.

The provenance of the key to defeating the Goblin King ("You have no power over me") is also slightly vague. Sarah seems to recite from a play in the first scene, but it's unclear that the labyrinthine dreamscape she unlocks is from that same play/book (which I learned from the DVD case synopsis was her favorite book), and the secret weapon was in the book the entire time; she need only to remember it.

The vaguely bondage/domination desires of the Goblin King are creepy but almost not creepy enough. There's no real sense of romance, but there's no real sense of danger for this age-inappropriate flirtation either, so what's the point?

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Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Very hammy, even for an 80's movie. Maybe a little too much so. Maybe I would feel differently if I had seen this as a child, but somehow missed this one.
Even David Bowie is not very good here, and I'm a fan. It's like he couldn't take it seriously either.
Jennifer Connelly looks pretty, but she's not good either. Extremely unconvincing.
Didn't really like the puppets. I guess maybe kids would enjoy this. I can't picture an adult, although the ratings suggest otherwise.

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Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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