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  • Summary: Babysitting infant stepbrother Toby on a weekend night isn’t young Sarah’s idea of fun. Frustrated by his crying, she secretly imagines the Goblins from her favorite book, Labyrinth, carrying Toby away. When her fantasy comes true, a distraught Sarah must enter a maze of illusion to bringBabysitting infant stepbrother Toby on a weekend night isn’t young Sarah’s idea of fun. Frustrated by his crying, she secretly imagines the Goblins from her favorite book, Labyrinth, carrying Toby away. When her fantasy comes true, a distraught Sarah must enter a maze of illusion to bring Toby back from a kingdom inhabited by mystical creatures and governed by the wicked Goblin King. (Sony Pictures) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Nina Darnton
    90
    Labyrinth, a fabulous film about a young girl's journey into womanhood that uses futuristic technology to illuminate a mythic-style tale, is in many ways a remarkable achievement.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Labyrinth packs enough surprises to captivate an audience of children and provides enough wisecracking to keep adults laughing.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    70
    With their technical astonishments, Director Henson and Executive Producer Lucas have been faithful to the pioneering Disney spirit. In suggesting the thrilling dilemmas that await a wise child, they have flown worlds beyond Walt. [7 July 1986, p.65]
  4. I think mature pre-teens along with immature teens might relate to this overbearing showcase of bizarre rubber duckies. Adults are bound to find it a major yawn, and young children are likely to be scared out of their wits. [27 Jun 1986, p.82]
  5. 50
    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.
  6. There's more length than depth to Labyrinth. The Baryshnikov staging of "The Nutcracker" has more to tell about a girl on the edge of young womanhood, with more poignancy and a more palpable sense of transition, than all the technical wizardry Henson and crew have offered so lavishly-and without a single pop song, either. [26 Jun 1986, p.1]
  7. David Bowie, flaunting a Marianne Faithfull hairdo, stars in Jim Henson's latest puppety film, the flagrantly unoriginal Labyrinth. [1 Jul 1986, p.A1]

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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
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  1. Sep 8, 2012
    10
    It has been over twenty years since this film was shown in theaters, but still manages to surprise, enchant and make people laugh. SarahIt has been over twenty years since this film was shown in theaters, but still manages to surprise, enchant and make people laugh. Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) is a fifteen-parents divorced and lives at home with his father and step-mother (stepmother is always trying to help the girl but Sarah refuses any contact with her). One day find yourself doing the babysitter to her little brother newborn (played by the father's relationship with his stepmother and therefore hated by Sarah) and stove hear him crying invokes the Goblin King, Jareth (David Bowie) who kidnaps him. Sarah repented for what he did asks to Jareth to get back the child, but the latter told him if he does not recover within thirteen hours the child will turn into a gnome. This will force the girl to find her brother through the maze full of strange creatures and traps. Directed by Jim Henson, the film has a simple plot organized so great and full of genius found in inquiries concerning the creatures, the maze and pitfalls. Fine performance, that of David Bowie suitable for this movie and also good Coonelly Jennifer. Expand
  2. Nov 28, 2014
    10
    I think labyrinth is one of the greatest fantasy movies of all time despite its box office fail and mixed opinion from critics I can say theI think labyrinth is one of the greatest fantasy movies of all time despite its box office fail and mixed opinion from critics I can say the movie has some of its flaws and also alot of things not really explained but I have to praise it for it art style and also how developed and how lovable every charater is within the film. I think it's silly,scary and loving at times. And love or hate the movie it's a movie that you will never forget. But overall it's a timeless, charming classic that will always be rewatchable and more magical the more you watch it. Expand
  3. Apr 3, 2015
    10
    This movie was one of the first movies I can remember as a young child. My face always lit up on my birthday because we'd always watch thisThis movie was one of the first movies I can remember as a young child. My face always lit up on my birthday because we'd always watch this as the first thing we did every year. Somewhere around the age of 12 I lost this movie and we didn't watch it anymore. I now am 15 and just got this for an early Easter gift. I screamed and instantly put it in. You know how normally you watch movies from your childhood and see how corny they are? Well not this one. I sang along with every song, laughed when they said the wrong names for Hoggle and even giggled at the awkward, Jareth please put on different pants moments. This is my favorite movie of all time and trust me I've seen quiet a few movies. I'm just sad they haven't made a second one. Expand
  4. Oct 31, 2010
    8
    George Lucas and Jim Henson had teamed up and they made an entertaining masterpiece.
  5. Mar 15, 2013
    8
    One of my favorite movie from my childhood. I still enjoy it to this day. Fun story, great effect (for the day) and some really memorableOne of my favorite movie from my childhood. I still enjoy it to this day. Fun story, great effect (for the day) and some really memorable performances, particularly from David Bowie. But, I do find that the story does get a little too sidetracked from time to time and needlessly slows down. But, it doesn't happen too often. Overall: A treasure from my childhood and a classic fantasy movie. Expand
  6. Apr 8, 2015
    7
    LABYRINTH is Jim Benson’s follow-up of the grotesquely eye-opening puppet enterprise THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982, 7/10), and also his finalLABYRINTH is Jim Benson’s follow-up of the grotesquely eye-opening puppet enterprise THE DARK CRYSTAL (1982, 7/10), and also his final painstaking work, where he pairs a cherubic Jennifer Connelly and a trend-setting David Bowie (look at his 80s coiffure!) as human actors with all his accomplished puppets, to present a spellbinding fairytale in a labyrinth at the heart of a Goblin kingdom. It was a disastrous commercial failure upon its release, but time has been pretty generous to it and now it has achieved the cult status and even a possible sequel has been hatched for many years.

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  7. Nov 22, 2011
    6
    "Labyrinth" is a movie that starts out as what looks like a fantasy equivalent to "Peter Pan" , but sizzles down in the end only as a decent"Labyrinth" is a movie that starts out as what looks like a fantasy equivalent to "Peter Pan" , but sizzles down in the end only as a decent movie with a baffling story behind the great CGI. Expand

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