Constellation Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
February 10, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Kam Williams
EURWeb
February 8, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
February 7, 2007
Neither the camera nor the script can focus.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
February 6, 2007
I'm nodding off just thinking about the long, static close-ups and endless scenes of people walking and sitting and doing nothing.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 5, 2007
... the biggest problem is that the insights ... are strictly Hallmark TV movie stuff, an association reinforced by the mawkish visual style and score.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
February 2, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 2, 2007
There are too many characters too sketchily defined, and some of the relationships are pure contrivances.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 2, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 2, 2007
A movie whose abundant smarts are fatally compromised by its writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman's rudimentary filmmaking skills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
February 2, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
February 2, 2007
If earnestness equaled skill, Constellation would be a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
February 1, 2007
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 1, 2007
Although the performers -- including Lesley Ann Warren, David Clennon and Rae Dawn Chong -- are pleasing to watch with their semi-improvised encounters, their scenes don't add up to the accumulative glow the filmmaker had in mind.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
February 1, 2007
An accomplished cast that includes Billy Dee Williams, Lesley Ann Warren and Rae Dawn Chong struggles to elevate material that rarely gets deeper than a daytime soap, though it tries mightily.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 1, 2007
The narration, intrusive and often unneeded, is interrupted by long sequences without dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
February 1, 2007
Moody pictures, swollen music and portentous dialogue are all great, but they need to have a narrative propping them up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
February 1, 2007
Constellation positions itself as a sweeping, multigenerational tearjerker in the style of The Notebook, complete with endless shots of two characters staring meaningfully at one another while gloppy music wells on the soundtrack.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
January 28, 2007
Lacks focus with its plethora of family entanglements.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
January 27, 2007
There are no revelations here, no real reconciliations, as nobody really hates each other.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
January 20, 2007
It's tempting to simply dismiss Constellation as a TV movie-quality feature, but such a description nonetheless probably sells TV movies short.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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