Constantine Reviews

  • Viscerally, I feel shut out of the fun.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • Keanu Reeves plays a haunted, expressionless traveler in an overblown theological thriller based on the DC/Vertigo comic book Hellblazer.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • So where are we? In two hours of Dullsville, as Sinatra used to say.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • Reeves wears essentially the same black wardrobe, does the same moves, shows off the same galling lack of acting ability, but with a slightly different haircut.

    Hank Stuever — Washington Post

  • The screenplay by Frank A. Cappello and Kevin Brodbin is only interesting for a few characters, hardly the story.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • Alternates between quiet, surprisingly dull scenes in which the hero and the girl talk in that italicized comic-book way about his past and orgies of computer pixels dressed up as gibbering fiends.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • The actor's black-on-white getup makes it plain that Constantine is one 'whoa' away from Neo-dom, and that Constantine likely represents the start of another Hollywood franchise with diminishing returns in its future.

    Mark Holcomb — Village Voice

  • For all its spiritual angst, Constantine is about as silly as fantasies get.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • Occasionally, Reeves forgets what movie he's in and strikes a Neo-like pose.

    Eric Harrison — Houston Chronicle

  • Constantine deals, at least in part, with its title character's attempt to cross over from hell to heaven. But there's no uncertainty about the movie's fate. It quickly heads south.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • Takes itself just seriously enough to put on a good show. Reeves earns some theatrical redemption, the demons put a scare into the waywardly righteous, and there are plenty of evil-duders left over for a sequel.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • Reeves, meanwhile, has confidently entered his self-parodic period.

    Ken Tucker — New York Magazine

  • Maybe some of the audience should wonder if they aren't performing the Devil's work by sitting so quietly through movies that turn wonders into garbage.

    David Denby — New Yorker

  • Reeves has a deliberately morose energy level in the movie, as befits one who has seen hell, walks among half-demons, and is dying.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Though the story is potentially fascinating and the visuals sometimes spellbinding, the movie itself is stranded in the purgatory of the second-rate.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Tribune

  • This supernatural, super-noir thriller has been shot beautifully (by Philippe Rousselot), and directed with enjoyable, crazy-angled aplomb by Francis Lawrence.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Hellacious, audacious, visually stunning and deeply wiggy, Constantine is a miracle, a comic-book movie for smart people.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Admittedly, a big bunch of supernatural mumbo-jumbo, and it's also a cool looking big bunch of supernatural mumbo-jumbo garnished with a healthy dollop of religious cynicism.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Occult detective John Constantine (Reeves) has seen it all and responds to the most hideous threat with a puff on his cigarette and a self-assured leap into the abyss.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • I deeply loathe the Heaven-and-Hell genre to which this cinematic comic-book spectacular belongs.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

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