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The Dark Crystal (1982)




Critic 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.

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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 (33) | Top Critics (2)

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.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The screenplay by David Odell, based on a story by Mr. Henson, is without any narrative drive whatever. It's without charm as well as interest.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5

The Dark Crystal is well and truly a classic of its time, and it's a classic that's most certainly stood the test of time

February 21, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The Skeksis, evil creatures seeking to solidify their power, retain their ability to frighten young children, and no amount of exposure to modern media seems adequate as a defence.

May 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A fantastic, but more intense Muppet adventure.

December 15, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A wonderfully invented world full of characters that transcend their puppet limitations thanks to the energy and creativity of the Jim Hansen and Frank Oz team of puppeteers and voice actors

May 23, 2008 | 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

Super Reviewer

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

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