The Dark Crystal


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 (34) | Top Critics (3)

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…

You have to love a fantasy whose greatest peril is the Bog of Eternal Stench.

Jul 7, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | 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.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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

Feb 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.

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

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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

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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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