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Constellation Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out New York
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

February 10, 2007
Kam Williams

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 Source: EURWeb | Original Score: 1/4

February 8, 2007
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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Neither the camera nor the script can focus.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

February 7, 2007
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

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

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

February 6, 2007
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... 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
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2007
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There are too many characters too sketchily defined, and some of the relationships are pure contrivances.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 2, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 0/4

February 2, 2007
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

February 2, 2007
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

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 Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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If earnestness equaled skill, Constellation would be a classic.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles 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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 1, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

February 1, 2007
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

February 1, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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The narration, intrusive and often unneeded, is interrupted by long sequences without dialogue.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 1/5

February 1, 2007
John Anderson
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Moody pictures, swollen music and portentous dialogue are all great, but they need to have a narrative propping them up.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1/4

February 1, 2007
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 1, 2007
Harvey S. Karten

Lacks focus with its plethora of family entanglements.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: C+

January 28, 2007
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

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

| Original Score: 2/5

January 27, 2007
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

January 20, 2007
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