“God's Sinister Son”
“Forlorn And Resentful To The Core And Yet The Hero Hopes To Have His Redemption While Saving Humanity From The Gates Of Hell!”
“WELCOME TO MY LIFE!”
“Great Movie For Any Fan Of This Genre.”
“Into The Theater, I Command Thee...”
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
Blazes few new trails and bogs down in a confusing narrative muddle.
Brian Lowry - Variety
Great-looking but torturously slow.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
It's a ponderous bore. Dull dialogue, dull situations and a serious lack of urgency hinder what should be a high-stakes slice of pseudo-religious heresy.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
There is no person in movie history who has devoted more time to defending civilization from evil and obliteration than Keanu Reeves, or who has spent more time shifting between spiritual, perceptual and historical planes to do the job right proper.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
You can just picture the meeting: A few guys in Prada suits sit around an L.A. boardroom table going, 'The Matrix meets The Exorcist, huh . . .? With Keanu? I like it. No wait - I love it.'
Leah McLaren - Globe and Mail
Keanu Reeves is -- let me just get this off my chest -- very good.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Borderline incoherent, theologically unsatisfying, and short to the point of dwarfism on suspense.
David Edelstein - Slate
An uneven amalgamation of the brilliant and the preposterous, Constantine left me by turns intrigued, confused, and wary.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
One of those rare pulpy page-to-screen translations that actually gets it right.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Halfway through Constantine, a fully clad Keanu Reeves steps into a shallow pail of water, sits on a chair next to it and holds a cat in his lap.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Has enough subtextual codes to spawn its own cult.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Despite some witty special effects and a appealing concept, Constantine meanders in too many directions to make much sense even to itself.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
- Sight and Sound
Visuals and attitude -- not for kids.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
An enjoyable revelation.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
A very satisfying film.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
The prime conceit of the movie is its gallows humor that seeps out like clotting blood from a decomposing corpse.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Rachel Weisz gives it her best shot, but she can't save the messy script from its own feelings self-importance.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
It's just sad that a movie ostensibly based on a frequently intelligent comic book should end up a no-brainer.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
This film combines elements of comic book fantasy with horror to create an enjoyable brew - sort of a film noir version of The Exorcist, crossbred with the stylization of The Matrix.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Peaks early, then descends into portentous nonsense.
David Ansen - Newsweek
While decidedly no one's idea of the John Constantine of the comics (who was originally modelled on Sting), Reeves acquits himself well enough.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
A kind of gothic guerilla warfare, with moody demonologist John Constantine caught in between.
Prairie Miller - Long Island Press
full review in Greek
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Entirely beyond redemption.
- Time Out
While lacking the richness of its source material, it remains an enjoyable, immoral and sometimes beautifully Gothic tale.
- Empire Magazine
A little too muddled and erratically paced to command much interest. While some of the effects are cleverly worked-up, the picture seems more often to be on CGI autopilot.
Kurt Loder - MTV
It's occasionally cheesy, sometimes enjoyable, intermittently scary, and constantly spiked with celestial blatherskite.
- Sydney Morning Herald
Virtually anyone but Reeves would have made a better John Constantine.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
"Constantine" isn't about the people of the story and only uses the story as a reason to blow things up.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Constantine does generate some mid-level amusement and F/X interest in the epic battle it's based on, but has very little to show for it once the final credits role.
Bill Gibron - DVDTalk.com
simplified and predictable plot that uses every pseudo-religious cliche imaginable
Dragan Antulov - Draxblog Movie Reviews
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
By every standard of good filmmaking, Constantine is a mess. Yet I did not find it one of those so-bad-it's-good affairs. I honestly enjoyed it.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Reeves has created a unique character that has the potential for future installments.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
Despite all the bad acting jokes made at poor Reeves' expense, his slightly wooden, straightforward delivery has a powerful charm backing it.
Uri Lessing - eFilmCritic.com
Let's drop the bias and negativity and cut to the chase here: Reeves is good in this role.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Constantine isn't a good movie. But it's reasonably fun, and its silliness is its saving grace.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
It just so happens that I always had a theory on how to visit hell, too: Sit in a chair and watch a Keanu Reeves movie.
Austin O'Connor - Lowell Sun
Groovy, sexy, well-crafted adaptation with just the right casting to make it fly when it could have sunk.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
..outside of some nice cinematography, Constantine has few of The Matrix's virtues.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
A grab bag of bits from the whole demons-and-angels spectrum.
Kim Newman - Sight and Sound
Lawrence directs with energy, humour and an amusing eye for bizarre details - such as the fact that Hell can be accessed via the judicious use of a cat and a puddle.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
I'd argue that Constantine could be watched with the scenes rearranged in any order and still make sense, like episodes of The Simpsons.
Brian Juergens - Bloody Disgusting
Despite the professionalism of its stars, Constantine is another rip-off of The Matrix, The Omen and a hundred other films, gussied up with 21st-century effects and attitude. It's a mess.
Lewis Beale - Film Journal International
Sometimes dense and impenetrable, but it also contains an unusually thoughtful consideration of the difference between faith and belief.
Shay Casey - FilmFocus
The Matrix meets The Exorcist (with a little Chinatown thrown in for good measure) in Keanu Reeves's just-below-okay supernatural adventure.
James Rocchi - Netflix
[A] stylish and moody thriller that actually sort of works, despite everything that seems poised to go wrong with it.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Keanu Reeves surfs through his acting in this otherwise excellent demonic film noir.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
O roteiro impede que Constantine faca jus ao interessante personagem-titulo.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
...stuck in a plane between deliberate laughs, and filmmaking that's laughably bad
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Constantine's incoherent plotting ruins the comicbook's frazzled, hard-bitten edge.
Jamie Russell - BBC
...a spiritually spry yet lumbering fantasy...The technological flourishes are a marvel to behold but the film's erratic journey is as choppy as a country dirt road
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
While haters might go into the movie hoping Keanu will go to hell, Constantine is not so bad as to make you continue to feel the hate.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Reeves is more wooden than the cross and is about as sexy
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Brimming with good ideas but fails to exorcise the demons of audience pandering.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
A pretty good set up for what could be a franchise that has potential to get better and better.
Adrian MacKinder - Future Movies UK
Mike Reiter - ScreenRant
Obviously toned-down from the comic, it's still a pretty provocative piece - a slyly funny Biblical detective story (sort of a Sunday School film noir.)
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
It's difficult to understand what Constantine is about, or indeed, whether it's a good movie.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Keanu Reeves is a chain-smoking, tough-talking, and ***-kicking Exorcist, taking out the demonic trash like a hybrid of Father Karras and Mike Hammer
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
A construct of heaven and hell that makes no sense, and changes when the plot requires it, is the least of its problems.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Where The Exorcist, The Prophecy, and ... Dogma have all ventured, Constantine gives the middle finger and delves into darker territory.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Devilishly more entertaining than it has any right to be.
David N. Butterworth - Movie Boeuf
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
A stylish energy sustains this film even when it begins to drift into draggy incoherence.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
"Constantine" isn't heavenly. But it's an interesting enough look at what lies beyond.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
A tacky, CGI-driven action-horror flick with some of the most vacuous writing and wooden acting to ever torment damned theatregoers.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
plays more like a bunch of vaguely realized ideas strung haphazardly together than it does as a coherent story with rhythm and purpose
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
I spent the better half of Constantine wondering what in the Hellblazer was going on.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
I'd call it anticlimactic if there were any rising action ...
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
If you've ever wanted to see Keanu Reeves go to hell, this is your chance.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Se queda en algun punto intermedio, un purgatorio de las cintas que no pueden ir al Infierno pero que, lo siento por la inversion, tampoco se ganan el Cielo.
Alex Ramirez - Cinenganos
This is by no means a perfect movie, but it's stylish, eerie, and better acted than you might expect. It also has at least half a brain in its head.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
While the tone stays faithful to Alan Moore's "Hellblazer" series, the film doesn't really work because Reeves is the wrong guy to play the title character.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
OK, the movie is too long and pretty silly, but it's also a good deal of fun.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Unnecessarily complex in parts, Constantine still delivers a supernatural wallop, fueling a never-ending fascination with what lies beyond our world.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Beneath the rings of absurdity, there's a degree of seriousness.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Constantine" isn't a movie, per se; it's a stunt with eye-catching effects that work to lure in audiences, those who, after seeing this beauty, will be the real lost souls.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Slightly better than your run-of-the-mill late winter horror film.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
It's just so awful that the crew must have been snickering.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
An entertaining supernatural film noir.
Greg Bellavia - Film Threat
Though I have a soft spot for Keanu Reeves there's no denying this is one of his worst performances... sounding dopier than usual.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
...painted in such broad strokes that potentially exciting context becomes little more than incessant hogwash.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Without a perceptible heartbeat, none of it is of much consequence.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
If you're willing to buy its premise, it's a great ride.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Keanu can do better than this.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Save yourself the cash on this one; it's too silly to be scary and too stupid to be watchable.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
Those who can set aside their preconceptions will discover one of the more artfully designed comic-based films in some time.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Constantine provides a novel twist on the typical comic book movie until it collapses under its own goofy logic
Christian Toto - Washington Times
I especially enjoyed the great special effects as Constantine battles the demons. Be sure to stay through the end credits for a special scene.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
Screenwriter Kevin Brodbin's script is quite wacky in parts,
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
A cut above the typical apocalyptic thrillers that rolled off the assembly line with regularity in 1999.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A solid if less-than-satisfying popcorn movie.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
Unintentionally hilarious theological mumbo-jumbo which boils down to "The Passion of the Keanu."
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
It'll work well for comic fans and goth kids, but may work best as a rental for everyone else.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Reeves's performances is nuanced and offers multi layers of character that we've not ever seen from him.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Constantine is no Hellblazer, but if you can get past that, it's a fun little film worth the price of admission.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Constantine seems to share more of the right wing's agenda than just an apocalyptic point of view.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
'Interesting and intelligent, if dark and sometimes murky theologically.'
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Catholic Sun
Trying to effectively depict hell is a daunting task, but director Lawrence and production designer Shohan manage to do more than a decent and credible job of it.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
All style, close to zero substance.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
A movie like Constantine is a huge undertaking. ... This is a vast canvas encompassing two worlds. It cries out for an experienced director, not a first-timer.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
(Constantine) fails to capture the imagination. It is what it is, a cinematic comic book.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
It's all so well-paced and cool-looking and mordantly clever that you may forgive the film's transgressions.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Say what you will about Reeves, but he's a unique creature. Even when he's bad, he can be pretty fun to watch. And to listen to.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Intelligent, wildly entertaining nerve-jangler.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore, and we're not in hell. It's only California.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
All style. No soul.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The movie isn't hellish, because there's always hope of leaving it. It's more like purgatory, two whole hours of it.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Any movie that casts Tilda Swinton as the angel Gabriel has its heart in the right place and a serious screw loose -- two things worth wishing for any time you lay your eight bucks down.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
It's good production values, interesting story and characters are perfectly fine for Genre fans but for everyone else an instantly forgettable experience.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
Memo to Keanu Reeves: It's time to get away from the metaphysical.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
It turns out to be a pleasant surprise, never taking itself too seriously and with some fairly tense and creepy moments.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Fans of the horror/fantasy genre will find plenty to applaud, and DC executives can finally breathe a sigh of relief -- even if that's not so easy for John Constantine.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
Constantine is one of those excruciatingly awful movies where you check your watch every few minutes hoping the agony will soon end.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Reeves plays one of the comic-book world's most intriguing antiheroes in an adaptation that isn't the massive screw-up fans rightfully expected, but has a cool-to-silly ratio that's just barely acceptable.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
Makes repeated visits to a hell that looks to have been designed by Hieronymus Bosch in collaboration with Gianni Versace for a Marilyn Manson arena tour.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
...a stand-alone, rapturous good time-craftily and accurately captures the straight-faced camp, wry wit and episodic structure of its source material.
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
Gives a gothic, grotesque twist to "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
Music video-trained director Francis Lawrence whips up a witch's brew of gray-on-gray atmosphere, but for all the end-of-the-world mumbo jumbo, nothing much ever seems to be at stake.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Constantine does have its pleasures.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
The movie pulls no punches when it comes to biblical prophecy, black comedy and artistic visuals. And that's totally killer.
- E! Online
There's a potentially good story rattling around somewhere inside this broken, self-contradictory and finally meaningless film.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
The biggest problems with Constantine all seem to stem from Keanu Reeves. The problem is that Reeves really can't act. Sorry, Keanu, but the truth hurts.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
proves better at juggling the neo-religious elements central to the story far better than, say, the last two Matrix films.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
In the end, Constantine is an intense theme park ride into the abyss of Hell -- for no reason other than to feel the heat.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
You have to die a little to catch a glimpse of the depths of hell... or this movie. Bless them Father, for they have sinned.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Peppered with so many neat touches, it almost doesn't matter the story is a muddle.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Under [Reeves'] laconic surfer-dude exterior lies a performer capable of seething rage and even some wit.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Every time Weisz and Reeves share the screen, 'Constantine' goes weirdly out of whack, since she's doing some actual acting while he seems to be playing 'let's pretend.'
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Doubting his mission and his faith even as he's consumed by them, Constantine is an achingly topical comic book/movie hero.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
The year is young, but it's never too soon for the Worst of the Year party. Crashing through the door, a balloon in its ear and a plastic devil doll up its nose, comes 2005's early achiever.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
An imaginative, if overstuffed attempt to chart the boundaries of American spiritual life.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
There's something seductive and irresistible about it.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
- Baltimore Sun
A deceptively thoughtful tale tricked up like an action movie; it's beautiful to look at but even more lovely to ruminate over.
Robert Wilonsky - Dallas Observer
Reeves and Weisz have chemistry, and they know a little humor goes a long way in a film of this sort.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
A more visceral approach might have upgraded Constantine from what in its present form feels more like a trip to heck and back.
Christine James - Boxoffice Magazine
Swinton's presence proves as strange as the rest of this sometimes-stimulating but often-ludicrous endeavor.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
This movie will satisfy Reeves fans in search for a good-looking action flick.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
Muddled to say the least
although at least it's more interesting than anything in Hellboy or Van Helsing.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
... after surviving Constantine, I definitely prefer the trip to hell [Keanu Reeves] took in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
This is nonsense, of course, and the trappings surrounding it only typify the absolute worst of comic books.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
(CNN.com) Paul Clinton - CNN.com
By the time Peter Stormare appears [as] Lucifer, the story has become so convoluted, we can't take it seriously. Judging from his campy performance, neither can Stormare.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
There is, though, an undeniable pulse and momentum.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The stylized, almost film noir design uses extreme close-ups and bizarro angles to give us the feeling you get from the best comics, the feeling that we are seeing everything from an angle that is perfect, unexpected and new.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The story is a retread of the old Exorcist and Omen formats, but it delivers as much action and spectacle as fans of the genre could want.
David Sterritt - Christian Science Monitor
Imagine if Bosch and Dante were 21st-century geeks and they collaborated on a graphic novel... Holy crap, but there's some imagery here that will stalk your nightmares...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Reeves once again bears the sins of man for heavenly good, this time with attitude
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A riveting piece of suspense and action, and one of the strongest horror films in recent memory.
Mike DeWolfe - Apollo Guide
The definition of a mixed bag, Constantine has the potential to both grasp your attention and lull you to complacency.
Jeffrey Chen - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
While structured like a traditional fantasy action film, Constantine only manages to be truly exciting maybe twice during the running time.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
If its dark-heartedness is sometimes counterfeit, Constantine still scores courtesy of its convincing comic book milieu.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Add Constantine to the list of movies that took comic-book concepts, but left the soul on the page.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The much-maligned Reeves gives a subdued, convincing performance.
Paul Doro - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Takes too long telling a story that could have delivered maximum impact in less time.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
...one of this year's cooler 'must-see' flicks for all lovers of the genre.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Constantine forces us to make giant leaps of faith over its gaping holes in logic and plot. And unfortunately, we fall quick and hard.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
[I]n no way a great movie, [it's] a serviceable take on the property that manages to be both appallingly liberal with and nicely faithful to the character.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
...an entertaining `Exorcist' for our computer-generated, action-movie age.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
It's all about the visuals and the attitude, and both are are cool and striking, reflecting its comic book origins and music video sensibilities.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Keanu Reeves brings a gravity to John Constantine that makes Neo -- his cheerless character in the Matrix movies -- now appear to be the height of the actor's madcap Jerry Lewis period. Hey Hayyyy-deees!
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
The storyline, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, just isn't engaging, primarily because it's so ludicrous (unreasonably so).
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A good enough movie to make you forget, most of the time, how truly dreadful Reeves' stilted, monotonous delivery is.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
An intriguing, eye-popping and sometimes downright startling slice of pulp science fiction.
Mark Halverson - Sacramento News & Review
A good horror-noir roller coaster ride...
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
At a time when big-budget movies are focus-grouped and diluted into oblivion, Constantine dares to dream.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
It may not be the first great movie of 2005, but it is certainly the first really entertaining one.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
The film is chock full of pleasures... perhaps too many for its own good.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Reasonably satisfying cinematic junk food...enough crackerjack sequences and admirably trippy rhythms for a recommendation.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
A clever fantasy/horror noir with a dash of broad comedy, the big-screen adaptation of the "Hellblazer" comic books certainly has an original if loony vision.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
[Constantine] has Tilda Swinton giving a marvelously androgynous turn as the angel Gabriel
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It's sort of like The Matrix minus all the cool stuff.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
You'll either love it or hate it. I loved it.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
A moody mystery movie that moves from questions of faith to demon beat-downs to fatalist humor with the compelling, churning appeal of a hard-boiled B-movie ride.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
The end explanation seems as reasonable and metaphysically valid as a Pokemon card battle. That's OK, though, because Constantine is all about look, sound and feel.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
Lawrence is a skilled copycat, and his adeptness at creating a mood of otherworldly unease helps make up for his story's familiarity.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Constantine waves rotted meat in front of the rabid dogs of both comic books and religion, but mostly just manages to hack off any moviegoer that enters its hallowed doors.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Man's interpretation of God is so often ground for war or denial of personal responsibility, it's nice to see it used for good entertainment as well.
Fred Topel - About.com
Here's hoping that Keanu Reeves begins to get a bit of respect with Constantine, and that Francis Lawrence doesn't get sold short for doing a tentpole film.
Larry Carroll - FilmStew.com
I don't know about the rest of you clowns, but there's something about the whole Heaven/Hell thing that, when it's done really well, becomes incredibly captivating.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Lawrence keeps the story on track and doesn't cheat the world of Constantine, which embraces good, evil, unforgiving judgment and the human ambiguities that offer the possibility for forgiveness.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The film resembles nothing so much as a punctured tire with a slow leak, letting all the air seep out until what's finally left is flat and fairly ineffectual.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Reeves is back to his usual monotoned self...as a routine demon-slayer who plays second fiddle to expensive special effects.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
Per usual for the genre, the cast is tops, the action contrived, the effects and design state of the art, and the writing strictly bottom feeding.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
... slow, silly and stupid but tolerable when funny.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Keanu's back in black, and in a 'hell' of a fun movie... what's not to love?
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
An achievement of both story and technique, Constantine is one of the finest comic-based films ever made.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Apocalyptically awful, End of Days bad, The Order bad, Lost Souls bad. Religiously it's blasphemous, but as a movie it's just plain lousy.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
This isn't the hell that just kinda sucks. This is the Hell that puts fear in your heart and makes you want to head to church directly after leaving the theater.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
Once you let yourself fall into its rising hellfire, you'll get caught up in its thrilling storyline, ominous ambiance, and wild and weird action sequences
Annette Cardwell - Filmcritic.com
Constantine is a pretentiously muddled, emotionally hollow, nonsensical film about Catholic angst, and a cancer-ridden hero who's been to hell and back.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It has the grace of a tumble off a ladder.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Good-looking, but decidedly hollow. Misses the opportunity to explore its evocative central conceits by attempting to do too many other things at once, and failing.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
I believe in Satan, Hell, demons walking the Earth, and Keanu Reeves as a cancer-ridden exorcist. Stay until after the credits for a denouement.
Victoria Alexander - Movie Reviews in Croatian
The idea of a guy trying to buy his way into heaven is good, but this movie doesn't take it anywhere other than the usual set of world saving scenarios.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
There may be a special room in Hell for such filmmakers, but it's the audience that suffers the agonies of the damned by having to sit through it.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews