Legend (1985)

A peasant hero battles a demonic underworld prince who seeks to plunge the world into an ice age. When the evil prince captures a fair maiden, the hero rallies an army of elves to save her, and defeat his diabolical foe once and for all.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 18, 1985
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Beautifully shot and designed, but in a cloyingly self-conscious manner, the film lacks narrative drive.

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Barbara Shulgasser
Common Sense Media

Dark and often scary '80s fantasy hasn't aged well.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Ridiculously self-important and serious.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Ridley Scott has done better.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A remarkable and bleak fantasy thriller for folks that like their fantasy based on thick characterization and less humongous battles.

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Victoria Alexander

Ridley's misstep.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

All of the special effects in the world, and all of the great makeup, and all of the great Muppet creatures can't save a movie that has no clear idea of its own mission and no joy in its own accomplishment.

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James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Thatcher. Reagan. Flock of Seagulls. These weren't the only evil things from the 1980s. There were also Hollywood fantasy movies such as this one . . .

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

The cool costumes and set designs almost make it worthwhile, so long as the sound's turned down and you don't have to hear the witless dialogue

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Ridley Scott's 1980s fantasy epic brings a lot of cheese and kitsch into the genre, which is also the aspect of the film that didn't age that well.… More
Eric S
Something different this way comes... Having said that, you'd possibly expect more than what you get here. However, good special effects and various… More
Christian C
Fantastic sets, costumes and relatively good acting do not make up for the silliness of the plot in this 1980s teen-boy fantasy flick. It's fun to see… More
Phil Hubbs
This film is really beautiful, a truely dark fairytale. Tim Curry is awesome as Darkness and the Tangerine Dream score is great, much better than the directors… More
Everett Johnson
Growing up, "Legend" was one of my absolute favorite movies. The story, the images, and especially the amazing makeup job of Darkness just did for me… More
Zach Brehany
NOTE: This review is for the director's cut version of the film, not the horrific American edit. Okay, from what I can look at, this is a film that has a… More