The Dark Crystal (1982) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.

The Dark Crystal Trailers & Photos

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.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , , , , , ,
Written By: Jim Henson, David Odell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 1999
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Brian Muehl
as Ornamentalist/Dying ...
Kiran Shah
as Stunts
Robbie Barnett
as Numerologist
Louise Gold
as Gourmand
Swee Lim
as Hunter
Bobby Payne
as Historian
Toby Philpott
as Alchemist
John Baddeley
as Historian
David Buck
as Slave Master
Barry Dennen
as Chamberlain
Jerry Nelson
as High Priest/Dying Em...
Steve Whitmire
as Scientist
Thick Wilson
as Gourmand
Frank Oz
as Aughra, Chamberlain
Jim Henson
as High Priest, Jen
John Baddeley
as Historian
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Dark Crystal

Critic Reviews for The Dark Crystal

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | July 7, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 26, 2015
Eye for Film

A fantastic, but more intense Muppet adventure.

Full Review… | December 15, 2010
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review… | May 23, 2008
Urban Cinefile

A distant, uninvolving experience … characters and emotions, even by the archetypal standards of high fantasy, never come to life, and the overarching mythology seems too self-consciously contrived.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007
Decent Films Guide

Audience Reviews for The Dark Crystal

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

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

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

Super Reviewer

The Dark Crystal Quotes

Aughra: Mouldy mildew, mother of mouthmuck, dangle and strangle and death.
Slave Master: Oh how crude!
– Submitted by David B (2 years ago)
– Submitted by Emil Å (3 years ago)
Chamberlain: Trial by stone.
– Submitted by Emil Å (3 years ago)
Historian: Hold her to you, for she is part of you, as we all are part of each other.
– Submitted by ethan t (3 years ago)

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Dark Crystal on our Movie forum!