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Constellation (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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 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.
PG-13 (for brief strong language and a sexual reference)
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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
Shin Koyamada
as Yosito
Glenn Plummer
as Man No. 1
Tonea Stewart
as Reverend
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Critic Reviews for Constellation

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (11)

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… | February 10, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Neither the camera nor the script can focus.

Full Review… | February 7, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

There are too many characters too sketchily defined, and some of the relationships are pure contrivances.

February 2, 2007
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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
New York Post
Top Critic

If earnestness equaled skill, Constellation would be a classic.

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Constellation

Clearly not one critic had the aesthetic sensitivity to appreciate the deliberately slow, cumulative power of this film. Scenes where characters simply stare at each other for long minutes communicate existential soul-searching in a way that is overwhelmingly intense and apparently beyond the courage of both modern directors to emulate or critics to acknowledge. This film should have gotten a score of 100% and several Oscars.

Martin Abramson
Martin Abramson

Beautiful touching feeling kinda movie....Sort of sad in a a way....In that movie i learned that you shouldn't let a love get away no matter what....and also that a family should already be together, not come together when someone dies...I really loved this movie. A very heartwarming movie.....

Sweet Poetic Roni
Sweet Poetic Roni

Seeing Huntsville in a movie was SO COOL! The movie itself was a little boring at times. Some parts were good (love story). I was just excited seeing Huntsville and recognizing the palces :)

ashley nixon
ashley nixon

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