Labyrinth (1986)

Fifteen-year-old Sarah resents her baby brother Toby and secretly wishes that he will just disappear. Her wish comes true when goblins kidnap the boy. Feeling responsible and guilty about his abduction, she sets forth to retrieve him, and… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 27, 1986
DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it's arguably more interesting on a visual level, Labyrinth provides further proof of director Jim Henson's boundless imagination.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

An innovative mix of sophisticated puppetry and special effects, Labyrinth has all the components of classic myth.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A real masterpiece of puppetry and special effects, an absolutely gorgeous children's fantasy movie.

Jeff Beck
The Blu Spot

Even after 30 years, Labyrinth remains a fantasy classic, utilizing its beloved characters, unique creature and set designs, and a charming performance from David Bowie to deliver a memorable film filled with magical elements.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Nina Darnton
New York Times

A remarkable achievement.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the undeniable triumphs of pure fantasy in live-action cinema.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Henson's imagination is boundless. But his movie has no pep. It's a dream in neutral.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A wonderful eighties fantasy gem...

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
This typical 80s muppet adventure contains all the highlights and lows of the era: a pop soundtrack by David Bowie (who is also a fine villain), a simple but… More
Nicki Marie
Very hammy, even for an 80's movie. Maybe a little too much so. Maybe I would feel differently if I had seen this as a child, but somehow missed this one.… More
Carlos Magalhães
A delightful fantasy adventure clearly inspired by The Wizard of Oz (the book appears in at least two scenes) and fairy tales (even a poisoned fruit is there),… More
Greg S
A spoiled teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) must find her way through a magical labyrinth (designed by M.C. Escher and inhabited by Muppets) to save her baby… More
Alice Shen
Terribly disappointing. I'm not a fan of muppets anyway, and the campy faux musical numbers go nowhere. Sarah is such a brat at the beginning; her dad… More
Daniel Mumby
Having made his name in the 1970s through Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, the 1980s saw Jim Henson move into darker territory with a recurring interest in… More