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  • 50
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman can't adequately handle either of his tasks: The script is as sappy as the direction is awkward. Fortunately, he was smart enough to enlist a cast of pros who can ably sidestep the project's many potholes. show more

  • 40
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Heavy-handedness prevails, with the schmaltzy original score as unconvincing as the script. An over-reliance on song, from pop to Puccini to Ellington to hip-hop, doesn't compensate for what's lacking in the storytelling. show more

  • 50
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    There are effective scenes and powerful performances scattered among long sequences in which various members of the family gaze into space as they contemplate the burden of the past, walk aimlessly through Atlanta or have odd encounters with strangers. show more

  • NA
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Williams appears to be having trouble keeping his eyes open, and the audience will, too. show more

  • 50
    Scott Brown Entertainment Weekly

    Deeply odd films are often deeply personal ones, and Constellation, a dazed, inchoate drama about a mixed-race Alabama family, tells a story that's clearly close to the heart of writer-director Jordan Walker-Pearlman. show more

  • 60
    Robert Koehler Variety

    Exceptionally strong cast is pictures beating heart. show more

  • 60
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

    The central story, in which Helms has to make up his mind whether to attend his sister's funeral, is too limited a conflict to hang a movie on. Ultimately, audiences will have to satisfy themselves with the collective presence of these actors and the movie's obviously good-hearted intentions. show more

  • 50
    Scott Foundas L.A. Weekly

    Only Williams makes any real emotional connection: I'm not sure I'd call his performance good, but there's something fascinating about seeing the man once heralded as "the black Clark Gable" three decades removed from heartthrob status, heavy and sullen-looking, weighed down by the burdens of time and age. show more

  • 40
    Kevin Crust Los Angeles Times

    Walker-Pearlman's strengths lie in these characterizations and his ability to draw subtle performances from his actors. However, the powerfully understated moments are undercut by the film's unwieldy structure. Any emotional momentum that builds is lost with the interminable flashbacks. show more

  • 40
    The New York Times

    If earnestness equaled skill, Constellation would be a classic. show more

  • May 22, 2008 lindanwkrk
    Report This User

    This movie about love and forgiveness depicts the South more realistically than most movies. The music seemed especially appropriate and greatly enhanced the experience. I felt that the director captured the feelings of the characters, and the actors conveyed so much with facial expressions that dialogue was unnecessary in some instances. I loved the movie!

  • May 22, 2008 maximumbaud
    Report This User

    I got dragged to see this by the Missus - to my great surprise, I really enjoyed it. This is my first time writing a comment on a movie. It's funny and inspiring at the same time. I could actually see what was going on in people's minds. All the women in the theatre went nuts over the movie - probably half the guys too. It was great to see characters that behaved like REAL PEOPLE. I could see a little bit of myself in each one. I came out of the theatre feeling really good - doesn't happen very often. The silences are great - they really work. Highly recommend this to people.Goo see it!

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