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George Lucas produced and Jim Henson directed this gothic fantasy which pits living and breathing actors Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie (who, along with Trevor Jones, provides the film's music) against a motley collection of Muppet monsters. The film centers upon teenage Sarah (Connelly), who lives in a fantasy world of myth and magic, evil spells, and wondrous enchantment. She is baby-sitting her little brother when she cavalierly wishes that goblins would take him away. She gets her wish, and a coterie of goblins abduct him. She then encounters Jareth (David Bowie), the ruler of a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An innovative mix of sophisticated puppetry and special effects, Labyrinth has all the components of classic myth."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A real masterpiece of puppetry and special effects, an absolutely gorgeous children's fantasy movie."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A wonderful eighties fantasy gem..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Muppet creator Jim Henson went dark, but not too serious in this entertaining, but meandering trifle."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"Plays like The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland crossed with a middling episode of "The Muppet Show" guest-starring David Bowie … suffers from a distinct lack of charm."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Unfortunately, this contemporary (at least, for the era) fairy tale, directed and co-written by Muppets creator Jim Henson, never sets a timely tone beyond the 1980s. It remains disappointingly tethered to yesteryear."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A remarkable achievement."
‑ Nina Darnton, New York Times
"If, like most of its fans who caught up with the film through VHS and afternoon television airings on the ABC, then seeing it on the big screen will surely rank as one of the most eye-opening, fantastical experiences of the year."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The chaotic narrative proceeds in fits and starts, and the sights and sounds are often dated, but somehow the film's wit and wonder linger in the mind."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Henson's imagination is boundless. But his movie has no pep. It's a dream in neutral."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Great energy and creativity went into the construction, production and direction of this movie, but it doesn't have a story that does justice to the production."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Labyrinth has stood the test of time astonishingly well."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"Henson's vision and the wonderful bag of puppetry tricks he turns to are enough to make "Labyrinth" a winner."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"A long and colorful quest filled with crazy critters and creative set design."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
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