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The Dark Crystal (1982)



Critic 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.

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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.

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Dave Goelz
as General
Brian Muehl
as Ornamentalist/Dying Master
Kiran Shah
as Stunts
Robbie Barnett
as Numerologist
Louise Gold
as Gourmand
Swee Lim
as Hunter
Bobby Payne
as Historian
Toby Philpott
as Alchemist
John Baddeley
as Historian
David Buck
as Slave Master
Barry Dennen
as Chamberlain
Jerry Nelson
as High Priest/Dying Emperor
Steve Whitmire
as Scientist
Thick Wilson
as Gourmand
Frank Oz
as Chamberlain
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Critic Reviews for The Dark Crystal

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (7)

As narrative, the incidents in The Dark Crystal are unremarkable; as the excuse for special effects, fanciful decor and eccentric characters, they do nicely enough.

May 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Jim Henson and Frank Oz... designed and directed this 1983 film, in which no human actors appear (except as crude long-shot doubles for the animated figures); it's a cute gimmick, but the puppets are so stiff and inexpressive that the film drops dead.

May 1, 2019 | Full Review…

The story is a standard fairy-tale concoction, but the New Agey philosophy about healing and heroism makes for a classic Henson story, all heart and rapturous wonder at the world's incredible possibilities.

May 1, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A children's fantasy film so enjoyable, imaginative and devoid of cuteness that you want to shake the hand of each individual member of the huge team of collaborators.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The Dark Crystal, besides being a dazzling technological and artistic achievement by a band of talented artists and performers... that could teach a lesson in morality to youngsters at the same time it is entertaining their parents.

October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

Desiccated, clawing villains feasting on rotting food in a castle as unprepossessing as the crashed spaceship in Alien have a splendour that is almost operatic.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Dark Crystal


A great fantasy film for all the family. If you liked Labyrinth check this out.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer

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 such a tedious narrative that has no imagination, no energy, no sense of pacing and is full of annoying characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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 characters lack any depth whatsoever. All in all, an entertaining adventure story.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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