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  • Summary: Born with a gift he didn't want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine (Reeves) was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he foundBorn with a gift he didn't want, the ability to clearly recognize the half-breed angels and demons that walk the earth in human skin, Constantine (Reeves) was driven to take his own life to escape the tormenting clarity of his vision. But he failed. Resuscitated against his will, he found himself cast back into the land of the living. Now, marked as an attempted suicide with a temporary lease on life, he patrols the earthly border between heaven and hell, hoping in vain to earn his way to salvation by sending the devil's foot soldiers back to the depths. (Warner Bros.) Expand
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 41
  2. Negative: 8 out of 41
  1. An engrossing mix of atmospheric gothic horror and smart sci-fi that's cemented by intriguing mythology, terrific visual effects, a dry sense of humor and an ideally cast Keanu Reeves.
  2. 78
    Constantine will likely hold far more interest for devoted fans of the series, but it's not necessary to have read the books to appreciate the film's sumptuous visuals and art direction.
  3. It all sort of plays out like "Law and Order: Spiritual Victims Unit," but the movie's stuffed (some might say overstuffed) with wonderfully staged moments and set pieces.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    50
    Philippe Rousselot's elegant cinematography lends some gravitas to music-video veteran Francis Lawrence's directorial debut.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    This adaptation of the graphic novel "Hellblazer" blazes few new trails and bogs down in a confusing narrative muddle.
  6. The relation between Constantine and its source material is, at best, superfluous.
  7. The movie isn't hellish, because there's always hope of leaving it. It's more like purgatory, two whole hours of it.

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  1. Positive: 80 out of 117
  2. Negative: 25 out of 117
  1. Nov 13, 2012
    10
    The best movie ever for me. People who don't like it, are some kind of anti-religious fanatic. Just read their comments and you'll see.
    It's
    The best movie ever for me. People who don't like it, are some kind of anti-religious fanatic. Just read their comments and you'll see.
    It's from the graphic nover masterpiece of Vertigo: Hellblazer by Alan Moore you ignorants.
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  2. Jun 19, 2012
    10
    Constantine seems For me an underrated film. Meanwhile, it is not perfect, but nevertheless had some good ideas, good special effects, momentsConstantine seems For me an underrated film. Meanwhile, it is not perfect, but nevertheless had some good ideas, good special effects, moments of terror and great actors. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    9
    Pretty good and I hope they make a sequel. Constantine keeps you interested through out, Features a good cast, and an interesting story asPretty good and I hope they make a sequel. Constantine keeps you interested through out, Features a good cast, and an interesting story as well. I really enjoyed it. Expand
  4. TSD
    Aug 11, 2008
    6
    Pretty entertaining taken on its own, but compared to Hellblazer it doesn't have a leg to stand on. I do like it. If it'd been a Pretty entertaining taken on its own, but compared to Hellblazer it doesn't have a leg to stand on. I do like it. If it'd been a faithful adaptation, though, with less of the christianity and more of the cocky blond scouser we know and love...it could have been epic. Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2014
    6
    I expected a lot from this movie, but it disappointed me somewhat. The story and casting are good, but something just doesn't click. SpecialI expected a lot from this movie, but it disappointed me somewhat. The story and casting are good, but something just doesn't click. Special effects are cool, if not always believable, Keanu Reeves does a good job in his role. Expand
  6. matta.
    Sep 1, 2005
    5
    Nice visuals and this part did fit Keanu well, but it got pretty bad near the end (except for Peter Stormare as Satan-perfect) and I wish Nice visuals and this part did fit Keanu well, but it got pretty bad near the end (except for Peter Stormare as Satan-perfect) and I wish that the story would have been fleshed-out a little bit more. It's still mediocre though and has enough redeeming qualities to check it out once on DVD. Expand
  7. May 4, 2011
    0
    While I am willing to concede that this movie might be slightly more enjoyable to those unfamiliar with the source material, 'Constantine'While I am willing to concede that this movie might be slightly more enjoyable to those unfamiliar with the source material, 'Constantine' does little to make itself anything more than a dumb supernatural action flick. Whatsmore, it doesn't even succeed on that front. For those who are unfamiliar, 'Constantine' is very loosely based upon the comic 'Hellblazer' which has been in print for more than 20 years. Both, focus upon the exploits of John Constantine, though the movie has taken a number of liberties with the character. Originally blonde, British, and combining occult knowledge with urban street-smarts, John Constantine is played by Keanu Reeves in one of his worst performances to date. I personally don't have anything against Mr. Reeves as an actor, but his attempts to portray Constantine (by the way, it's supposed to rhyme with Clementine. They pronounce it incorrectly throughout the entire film.) as a troubled man haunted by his past come off as wooden and unbelievable. The one good thing I can truly say about this film, is that it encouraged me to look into the comic. Upon doing so, I discovered that most of the scenes or set pieces, that I found interesting or unique in the film, were taken directly from the comic and that the rest of the plot of the film consisted of nonsensical mythos that doesn't fit into the logic of the comic or Catholicism in general. That's not to say that I found it confusing. It simply didn't make sense. For example, the movie talks about the Demon Mammon who apparently is Lucifer's son. However, in Christian mythology, Mammon is simply a high ranking Demon in Hell, much like Beelzebub. These kinds of inconsistencies make the mythos feel arbitrary at best.

    Ultimately this film fails to establish itself as a good action movie, due to poor fight scenes, and excessive emphasis on an inherently flawed mythos. It feels more like a ripoff of its source material than it does an adaptation. I can't recommend it as an action film, as a thriller, or as a horror, so ultimately I've got to give this a 3 out of 10. It isn't completely devoid of enjoyable elements, but isn't nearly as good as it *should* be.
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