Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 20


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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 Boxer family though, and for family patriarch Helms (Williams) in particular, the painful memories of an unrequited interracial love affair are something that he would rather just forget. As the revelations about Carmel's past prompt each family member to take stock of their pent up emotions and reevaluate their feelings about one another, the changing racial fabric of both society and his family prompts the troubled Helms to confront the inner demons that have tormented him for decades. In the end it's the redemptive power of love and the honesty of family that will help to inspire healing in a group whose hearts had been held hostage to their turbulent history for far too long.


Billy Dee Williams
as Helms Boxer
Gabrielle Union
as Carmel Boxer
Melissa DeSousa
as Lucy Boxer
Hill Harper
as Errol Hickman
Zoe Saldana
as Rosa Boxer
Ever Carradine
as Celeste Korngold
Clarence Williams III
as Forrest Boxer
Trey Rogers
as Young Helms
Daniel Bess
as Bear Korngold (age 20)
Adam Nelson
as Matthew
Glenn Plummer
as Man No. 1
Tonea Stewart
as Reverend
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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11) | Rotten (20)

  • 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.

    Feb 10, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
  • Neither the camera nor the script can focus.

    Feb 7, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • There are too many characters too sketchily defined, and some of the relationships are pure contrivances.

    Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4
  • 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.

    Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 0/4
  • If earnestness equaled skill, Constellation would be a classic.

    Feb 2, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 1, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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