Constellation (2005)

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… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: February 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2007
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Consensus: Though earnestly directed, Constellation lacks dramatic fireworks and eventually falls into TV-movie sentimentality.

Melissa Anderson
Time Out

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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.

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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly

Neither the camera nor the script can focus.

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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.

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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.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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

Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

If earnestness equaled skill, Constellation would be a classic.

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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.

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