The Dark Crystal
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Jim Henson ventures into Tolkien territory in his all-Muppet fantasy feature The Dark Crystal. The titular Crystal maintains equilibrium in a mythical kingdom. When the Crystal is broken, the evil Skeksis take over, killing off the good-guy Gelflings and enslaving everyone else. Two of the Gelflings have survived: Jen was raised by the all-knowing Mystics, while Kira grew up amongst the swamp-dwelling Podlings. Jen and Kira join forces to "heal" the precious Dark Crystal and restore order to their world. Adults may find the whole affair a little precious, while children may be… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

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"You have to love a fantasy whose greatest peril is the Bog of Eternal Stench."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Crystal is a miraculous rush of innovation and storytelling patience, and, in the last 25 years, the film has grown from a 1982 misfire, to a cult wonder, to a bona-fide classic that's timeless in stature and masterful in execution."
‑ Brian Orndorf, DVDTalk.com
"This ersatz Tolkien with puppets looks and plays like ersatz Tolkien with puppets."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A leap into the darker side of Jim Henson's imagination, a wonderful movie."
‑ Blake Davis, KFOR Channel 4 News
"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."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"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."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Points to the Henson team for trying to broaden the scope of their creatures -- and there's little denying that this particular flick still seems to hold up pretty darn well."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"Comes off as an overblown puppet show."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"One of the most imaginative films I've ever seen, a fitting tribute to the brilliant career of the late master puppeteer, Jim Henson."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"A fantastic, but more intense Muppet adventure."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"An extraordinary, often mesmerizing achievement of design and performance that's held back by an underdeveloped script and a milquetoast leading character."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Os personagens são bem realizados e animados, mas o roteiro, além de plagiar O Senhor dos Anéis, é burocrático e pouco envolvente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Ponderous, yet unique and strangely charming."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Yeah, the puppets look neat; too bad the story's stupid and the voice-acting sucks."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
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