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Constantine Reviews

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Brian Lowry
Variety
October 18, 2008
Blazes few new trails and bogs down in a confusing narrative muddle.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
October 18, 2008
I deeply loathe the Heaven-and-Hell genre to which this cinematic comic-book spectacular belongs.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 22, 2008
Halfway through Constantine, a fully clad Keanu Reeves steps into a shallow pail of water, sits on a chair next to it and holds a cat in his lap.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 5, 2007
Peaks early, then descends into portentous nonsense.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Entirely beyond redemption.
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
Reeves, meanwhile, has confidently entered his self-parodic period.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Virtually anyone but Reeves would have made a better John Constantine.
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David Denby
New Yorker
March 1, 2005
Maybe some of the audience should wonder if they aren't performing the Devil's work by sitting so quietly through movies that turn wonders into garbage.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 22, 2005
It's just so awful that the crew must have been snickering.
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Leah McLaren
Globe and Mail
February 19, 2005
You can just picture the meeting: A few guys in Prada suits sit around an L.A. boardroom table going, 'The Matrix meets The Exorcist, huh . . .? With Keanu? I like it. No wait - I love it.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 19, 2005
Keanu Reeves is -- let me just get this off my chest -- very good.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
February 18, 2005
Takes itself just seriously enough to put on a good show. Reeves earns some theatrical redemption, the demons put a scare into the waywardly righteous, and there are plenty of evil-duders left over for a sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 18, 2005
Swinton's presence proves as strange as the rest of this sometimes-stimulating but often-ludicrous endeavor.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
February 18, 2005
Makes repeated visits to a hell that looks to have been designed by Hieronymus Bosch in collaboration with Gianni Versace for a Marilyn Manson arena tour.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
February 18, 2005
Admittedly, a big bunch of supernatural mumbo-jumbo, and it's also a cool looking big bunch of supernatural mumbo-jumbo garnished with a healthy dollop of religious cynicism.
| Original Score: B
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 18, 2005
Occasionally, Reeves forgets what movie he's in and strikes a Neo-like pose.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 18, 2005
Peppered with so many neat touches, it almost doesn't matter the story is a muddle.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 18, 2005
An imaginative, if overstuffed attempt to chart the boundaries of American spiritual life.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 18, 2005
There is no person in movie history who has devoted more time to defending civilization from evil and obliteration than Keanu Reeves, or who has spent more time shifting between spiritual, perceptual and historical planes to do the job right proper.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
February 18, 2005
Reeves plays one of the comic-book world's most intriguing antiheroes in an adaptation that isn't the massive screw-up fans rightfully expected, but has a cool-to-silly ratio that's just barely acceptable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 18, 2005
The movie isn't hellish, because there's always hope of leaving it. It's more like purgatory, two whole hours of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
February 18, 2005
Has enough subtextual codes to spawn its own cult.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 18, 2005
It's a ponderous bore. Dull dialogue, dull situations and a serious lack of urgency hinder what should be a high-stakes slice of pseudo-religious heresy.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 18, 2005
This is nonsense, of course, and the trappings surrounding it only typify the absolute worst of comic books.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
February 18, 2005
For all its spiritual angst, Constantine is about as silly as fantasies get.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 18, 2005
Great-looking but torturously slow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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February 18, 2005
Constantine does have its pleasures.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 18, 2005
Reeves has a deliberately morose energy level in the movie, as befits one who has seen hell, walks among half-demons, and is dying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
February 18, 2005
Reeves wears essentially the same black wardrobe, does the same moves, shows off the same galling lack of acting ability, but with a slightly different haircut.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 18, 2005
Alternates between quiet, surprisingly dull scenes in which the hero and the girl talk in that italicized comic-book way about his past and orgies of computer pixels dressed up as gibbering fiends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
February 17, 2005
So where are we? In two hours of Dullsville, as Sinatra used to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 17, 2005
Despite some witty special effects and a appealing concept, Constantine meanders in too many directions to make much sense even to itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
February 17, 2005
Keanu Reeves brings a gravity to John Constantine that makes Neo -- his cheerless character in the Matrix movies -- now appear to be the height of the actor's madcap Jerry Lewis period. Hey Hayyyy-deees!
| Original Score: .5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 17, 2005
Occult detective John Constantine (Reeves) has seen it all and responds to the most hideous threat with a puff on his cigarette and a self-assured leap into the abyss.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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February 17, 2005
Borderline incoherent, theologically unsatisfying, and short to the point of dwarfism on suspense.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 17, 2005
Keanu Reeves plays a haunted, expressionless traveler in an overblown theological thriller based on the DC/Vertigo comic book Hellblazer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
February 17, 2005
Constantine deals, at least in part, with its title character's attempt to cross over from hell to heaven. But there's no uncertainty about the movie's fate. It quickly heads south.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
February 17, 2005
Takes too long telling a story that could have delivered maximum impact in less time.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 17, 2005
The screenplay by Frank A. Cappello and Kevin Brodbin is only interesting for a few characters, hardly the story.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 17, 2005
This supernatural, super-noir thriller has been shot beautifully (by Philippe Rousselot), and directed with enjoyable, crazy-angled aplomb by Francis Lawrence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 17, 2005
Hellacious, audacious, visually stunning and deeply wiggy, Constantine is a miracle, a comic-book movie for smart people.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
February 17, 2005
Though the story is potentially fascinating and the visuals sometimes spellbinding, the movie itself is stranded in the purgatory of the second-rate.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 17, 2005
It's sort of like The Matrix minus all the cool stuff.
| Original Score: C
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 16, 2005
Viscerally, I feel shut out of the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 15, 2005
An uneven amalgamation of the brilliant and the preposterous, Constantine left me by turns intrigued, confused, and wary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
February 15, 2005
The actor's black-on-white getup makes it plain that Constantine is one 'whoa' away from Neo-dom, and that Constantine likely represents the start of another Hollywood franchise with diminishing returns in its future.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 8, 2005
One of those rare pulpy page-to-screen translations that actually gets it right.