The Dark Crystal
The Dark Crystal (1982)

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.

Rated: PG
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Release Date: October 5, 1999
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81%

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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

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

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Brian Orndorf
DVDTalk.com

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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.

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Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic

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.

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

A fantastic, but more intense Muppet adventure.

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

An extraordinary, often mesmerizing achievement of design and performance that's held back by an underdeveloped script and a milquetoast leading character.

Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Os personagens são bem realizados e animados, mas o roteiro, além de plagiar O Senhor dos Anéis, é burocrático e pouco envolvente.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
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… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
more action-packed than "the Mothman Prophecies." more hilarious than "the Terminal." more innovative than "Righteous Kill." more… More
Spencer S.
A complete disconnect from much of Henson's earlier work, "Dark Crystal" is darker, more mysterious, heartfelt, and mystical. It combines the… More
Phil Hubbs
For effects, design, style, puppetry, art and story, this film is 100% Henson genius, fantastic looking and beautifully told in a Muppet cross dark live action… More
Jacob Ethington
This isn't the best film of 1982 (otherwise known as the year of the cult film, including the likes of "TRON", "The Thing", and none… More
Greg S
A meek Gelfling saves the universe by fulfilling a prophecy requiring him to heal the Dark Crystal. A great looking movie, with advanced puppetry and brilliant… More

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