The Dark Crystal

1982

The Dark Crystal

Critics Consensus

The Dark Crystal's narrative never quite lives up to the movie's visual splendor, but it remains an admirably inventive and uniquely intense entry in the Jim Henson canon.

78%

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Reviews Counted: 45

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81%
Average Rating: 3.6/5

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Movie Info

The last of the Gelfings, Jen and Kira join forces and embark on a dangerous journey to "heal" a precious Dark Crystal and restore order to their planet.

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Critic Reviews for The Dark Crystal

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (7)

  • As narrative, the incidents in The Dark Crystal are unremarkable; as the excuse for special effects, fanciful decor and eccentric characters, they do nicely enough.

    May 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Jim Henson and Frank Oz... designed and directed this 1983 film, in which no human actors appear (except as crude long-shot doubles for the animated figures); it's a cute gimmick, but the puppets are so stiff and inexpressive that the film drops dead.

    May 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The story is a standard fairy-tale concoction, but the New Agey philosophy about healing and heroism makes for a classic Henson story, all heart and rapturous wonder at the world's incredible possibilities.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tasha Robinson

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • A children's fantasy film so enjoyable, imaginative and devoid of cuteness that you want to shake the hand of each individual member of the huge team of collaborators.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The Dark Crystal, besides being a dazzling technological and artistic achievement by a band of talented artists and performers... that could teach a lesson in morality to youngsters at the same time it is entertaining their parents.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Desiccated, clawing villains feasting on rotting food in a castle as unprepossessing as the crashed spaceship in Alien have a splendour that is almost operatic.

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dark Crystal

A great fantasy film for all the family. If you liked Labyrinth check this out.

Dean King
Dean King

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There is nothing that can justify the amount of effort put into creating something so visually stunning (the production design is spectacular) but none into such a tedious narrative that has no imagination, no energy, no sense of pacing and is full of annoying characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Fantastic puppetry with a charming and well-executed fantasy universe. The voice acting is quite good as well. On the other hand, the story is flat and the characters lack any depth whatsoever. All in all, an entertaining adventure story.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

A little creepy at first but adorable and triumphant at the end. Kira has wings! The lore of the evil Skeksis and the good Mystics being parts of a whole and the dangers of arrogance and corruption are powerful themes. I watched much of the hour-long making-of documentary too, and I've realized that I feel about Muppets the same way I feel about claymation and stop-motion animation: I understand and appreciate how much planning and work goes into them, but I get skeeved out by the looks of the finished products.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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