(1986)

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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
Labyrinth packs enough surprises to captivate an audience of children and provides enough wisecracking to keep adults laughing.
70
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
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.
60
Fabulous fantasy from the godfather of modern puppetry Jim Henson.
50
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
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
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
Chicago Tribune
What an enormous waste of talent and money is Labyrinth. [30 Jun 1986, p.3]
25
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]

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