The Dark Crystal Reviews

May 2, 2019
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
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 2, 2019
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.
April 28, 2018
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.
December 31, 2008
Codirected with Frank Oz, Henson's wonderfully weird film casts a convincing spell as an all-Muppet affair; like Tim Burton's unabashedly artificial visions, you accept Crystal on its own idiosyncratic terms.
October 18, 2008
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.
January 26, 2006
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.
August 30, 2004
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.