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: December 17, 1982
DVD Release Date: October 5, 1999
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Critic Score: 72% 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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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.

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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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

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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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

The Skeksis, evil creatures seeking to solidify their power, retain their ability to frighten young children, and no amount of exposure to modern media seems adequate as a defence.

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Dean King
A great fantasy film for all the family. If you liked Labyrinth check this out.
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
Carlos Magalh„es
There is nothing that can justify the amount of effort put into creating something so visually stunning (the production design is spectacular) but none into… 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
Christian C
Fantastic puppetry with a charming and well-executed fantasy universe. The voice acting is quite good as well. On the other hand, the story is flat and the… 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