Critic Reviews

  • 90
    The New York Times
    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.
  • 88
    TV Guide Magazine
    Labyrinth packs enough surprises to captivate an audience of children and provides enough wisecracking to keep adults laughing.
  • 70
    Richard Corliss Time
    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]
  • 60
    Empire
    Fabulous fantasy from the godfather of modern puppetry Jim Henson.
  • 60
    Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader
    George Lucas produced and Jim Henson (of Muppets fame) directed this heftily budgeted 1986 fantasy, which seems to be a conscious attempt to play on the female coming-of-age themes of classic fairy tales.
  • 50
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
    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.
  • 50
    Sheila Benson Los Angeles Times
    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]
  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle
    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]
  • 25
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune
    What an enormous waste of talent and money is Labyrinth. [30 Jun 1986, p.3]
  • 25
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    David Bowie, flaunting a Marianne Faithfull hairdo, stars in Jim Henson's latest puppety film, the flagrantly unoriginal Labyrinth. [1 Jul 1986, p.A1]