Constellation
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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… More
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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."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"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."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Lacks focus with its plethora of family entanglements."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Neither the camera nor the script can focus."
‑ Scott Brown, Entertainment Weekly
"If earnestness equaled skill, Constellation would be a classic."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"I'm nodding off just thinking about the long, static close-ups and endless scenes of people walking and sitting and doing nothing."
‑ Frank Lovece, Film Journal International
"A movie whose abundant smarts are fatally compromised by its writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman's rudimentary filmmaking skills."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"There are no revelations here, no real reconciliations, as nobody really hates each other."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"There are too many characters too sketchily defined, and some of the relationships are pure contrivances."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"... the biggest problem is that the insights ... are strictly Hallmark TV movie stuff, an association reinforced by the mawkish visual style and score."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"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."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"It's tempting to simply dismiss Constellation as a TV movie-quality feature, but such a description nonetheless probably sells TV movies short."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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