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Labyrinth Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    What an enormous waste of talent and money is Labyrinth. [30 Jun 1986, p.3]

  • 50

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Sheila Benson

    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]

  • 70

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    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]

  • 90

    out of 100

    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.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Surreal coming-of-age fantasy -- with Muppets.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film, while lighthearted, deals with the theme of separation of siblings, the threat that the youngest child could be turned into a goblin, and some mostly childish dangers (like being covered in a bad smell that lasts forever). Also, some of the creatures may disturb younger kids.

  • Families can talk about other far-out fantasy tales, such as Alice in Wonderland.
  • What do fantasy stories offer us? Is it possible to become too wrapped up in fantasy?

The good stuff
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    Educational value: Not an issue

  • message true2

    Messages: Sarah realizes that her own creative power and imagination is stronger than the Goblin King.

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    Role models: Sarah is delighted to use her intellect to figure her way out of logic puzzles and dilemmas. In brief domestic scenes the young heroine is portrayed as so plunged into fairy tales and fantasies that she behaves as if her real mom were a cruel Brothers Grimm stepmother. The slightly mixed message is that she triumphs because of the same mania for make-believe.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Monster roughhousing, tussling, sword fighting, a giant axe-wielding robot-like thing, and even a goblin machine-gunner, but no blood, and despite occasional talk of "certain death," none of the peril meant very seriously. The "Fire Gang" is a group of creatures who playfully pull their bodies apart and reassemble each other (and talk of doing the same to the fleeing heroine).

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    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false2

    Language: Mild, with a few "hells" and "damns."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue