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Constellation (2005)

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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 20

Though earnestly directed, Constellation lacks dramatic fireworks and eventually falls into TV-movie sentimentality.

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Average Rating: 2.9/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

Though earnestly directed, Constellation lacks dramatic fireworks and eventually falls into TV-movie sentimentality.

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An estranged African-American family from the deep South is forced to confront their painful past when as they come together to celebrate the life and legacy of the woman whose death served as the catalyst for renewed family bonds in this redemptive family drama starring Hill Harper, Billy Dee Williams, and Lesley Ann Warren. Carmel Boxer (Gabrielle Union) has passed away, and her entire family has returned to Huntsville, Alabama to pay their final respects. Coming together isn't easy for the

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May 22, 2007

$0.2M

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The flashbacks are almost as smoothly subtle as the title of one of the paintings showcased by Billy Dee Williams's character: Portrait of a Journey.

February 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Neither the camera nor the script can focus.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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There are too many characters too sketchily defined, and some of the relationships are pure contrivances.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Scenes in which little or nothing happens pass by slowly, and the only point of suspense is whether the number of tearful hugs at the end will reach double digits.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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If earnestness equaled skill, Constellation would be a classic.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Featuring a stalwart cast (many of whom appeared in Walker-Pearlman's 2000 drama, The Visit) and some delicately wrought moments, the film is unable to overcome its soap opera scenario and clunky pacing.

February 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This overplotted, emotional dump plods along as if the characters are stuck in the cinematic equivalent of quicksand, never generating any traction because no matter how much everybody vents, nothing of consequence ever transpires.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: EURWeb
EURWeb

I'm nodding off just thinking about the long, static close-ups and endless scenes of people walking and sitting and doing nothing.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

... the biggest problem is that the insights ... are strictly Hallmark TV movie stuff, an association reinforced by the mawkish visual style and score.

February 5, 2007
Los Angeles CityBeat

The stage is set for emotional pyrotechnics that never quite materialize, because for all their squabbles, grudges and grievances, they all basically love each other.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A movie whose abundant smarts are fatally compromised by its writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman's rudimentary filmmaking skills.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Loosely edited scenes juxtaposed in the most vexing ways and completely disparate motifs blurs Constellation into an image that the Hubble Space Telescope could not sharpen.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Lacks focus with its plethora of family entanglements.

January 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Compuserve
Compuserve

There are no revelations here, no real reconciliations, as nobody really hates each other.

January 27, 2007
Greenwich Village Gazette

It's tempting to simply dismiss Constellation as a TV movie-quality feature, but such a description nonetheless probably sells TV movies short.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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