Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 66%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 111


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April 13, 2019



Brian Henson as Sal Manilla
David Bowie as Celliers
Frank Oz as Dante
Warwick Davis as Himself
651.29 MB
23.976 fps
101 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by saarvardi 9 / 10 / 10

Viewing it again at the age of 25 just made me appreciate it even more, for all of it's breathtaking imaginative figures, rich scenery and original plot

Growing up as a child in 1980's New York, I remember being inspired by many fantasy and science fiction films, that eventually led me to start writing short stories myself (from there to my current occupation of journalism the road was quite short, BTW). Titles like The Neverending Story, Flight of the Navigator and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? captured my imagination and filled me with aw, and with time found their way to my ever growing DVD collection, as did Jim Henson's Labyrinth, the latest addition to my nostalgic bundle of joy. The saddest thing about all this is that no one seems to make films like Labyrinth anymore. Viewing it again at the age of 25 just made me appreciate it even more, for all of it's breathtaking imaginative figures, rich scenery and original plot; especially when some of the scenes seem somewhat dated while the essence and heart of the film remain in tact, even twenty years down the road. In short, Labyrinth is one of Jim Henson's last attempts at creating cross-age entertainment through his world famous puppets, after bringing life to the eternal beloved characters of The Muppets and Sesame Street, and before his sudden and premature death. The story presents us 16 year old Sarah (a very young Academy Award winner Jennifer Connelly, A Beautiful Mind), who has an extremely vivid imagination she uses to escape her everyday worries... or so it seems. After asked to take care of her baby stepbrother, Toby, Sarah finds herself dealing with a screaming infant, instead of wondering away in her thoughts to a world filled with Goblins, Yeti-like creatures, and a King Atrhur-ish talking dog. After several lacking attempts at calming the baby down, she wishes Toby to the evil Goblin King Jareth. Fantasy and fiction clash when Jareth (the one and only rock singer David Bowie, who appears on screen with an extravagant 80's outfit and some cute yet unnecessary songs) actually takes Toby away to his evil kingdom, where he threatens to transform the baby into a Goblin, if Sarah won't find a way to cross a tricky and mystical Labyrinth on the way to his kingdom. Determined to save her brother, Sarah makes her way through the Labyrinth, meeting helpful friends along the way, whilst magical fantasy happenings occur around her... This is a true 1980's gem. Treat it with care, and enjoy!

Reviewed by shbs-71594 9 / 10 / 10


Because this was a Henson production and in the age when cartoons were strictly for kids -- I believe the "Goofs": such as Toby the baby being obviously replaced by a doll while being tossed in the air were not really goofs since they clearly owned the tech to make it more realistic. I propose that GRAPHIC scenes were DONE INTENTIONALLY fake to REDUCE THE GORY factor; make it obvious to the young and tenderhearted that no real babies or animals were ever put into danger or injured in any way in the making of this movie. Another example is the Fire Creature popping out his eyes and rolling them as dice, the background is clearly changed during that to show it was fake. This kept the Parental Guidance Rating low, maybe PG instead of PG13. This increases the available audience of viewers.

Reviewed by alanjudge-30219 9 / 10 / 10

One of my favorite childhood films

This film was one of my favorite as a kid. Both my brother and sister liked it equally. It applies to both sexes. Watching it again more recently also proves to me at least, it is a film adults can enjoy too. All the jokes that went over my head as a child I noticed to my amusement. The set and the puppets are wonderful and weird. Highlights include the 'Helping Hands' and the 'Bog of the Eternal Stench'. The character development is great and you warm to the kind-hearted band of friends that embark on an important mission. First to save Sarah's (Jen Connolly) baby brother and beat Jareth, The Goblin King's perplexing Labyrinth. The set design and the many puppets used are a visual treat. You do not see a film set you see the world of the Labyrinth. A world of weird and wonderful where left is right and right is left. Very much akin to Lewis Carroll's famous novel Alice in Wonderland. The surreal nature of the film gives it great depth and atmosphere. Davie Bowie is great as the Goblin King. He embodies the narcissistic despot living in the centre of the maze. Camping it up with style and providing the film with top class vocal performances in the film's musical interludes. I could write an essay on this film, but I think I have said enough. A great kid's film that parents will also love.

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