Constantine (2014) : Season 1

  • Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 24, 2014
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 23, 2014
    83
    The latest comic book adaptation to hit TV, NBC’s Constantine is a nifty spookfest with dark humor and some genuine chills.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Oct 27, 2014
    80
    A near-perfect companion piece to the similarly creepy-quirky Grimm, this lavish adaptation of the DC Comics Hellblazer series is the freakiest and most stylized fantasy pilot since Sleepy Hollow, and Ryan's instant grasp of this cocky but battered hero will make it easy to forget that Keanu Reeves ever went there.
  3. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Oct 23, 2014
    75
    Ryan, a Welsh actor little known on these shores, is the best thing about the pilot. Second best are some genuinely creepy special effects and scares, but the plot itself is a muddle.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Oct 23, 2014
    75
    Falling somewhere in the middle of the dark/light scale between Gotham and Flash, tonight's promising premiere boasts a few good jolts, a welcome bit of visual flair, and an appealing star turn from Welsh actor Matt Ryan, who conveys just the right mix of tortured soul, biting wit and hunky hero.
  5. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Oct 23, 2014
    70
    The series looks and feels appropriately ghoulish with a couple of good gotcha moments and excellently rendered scary creatures prowling the shadows, in between clunky expository passages.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Oct 27, 2014
    67
    There's the structure for a sturdy but unremarkable supernatural procedural (and companion piece to "Grimm"), but in the pilot, at least, producers David Goyer and Daniel Cerone aren't aiming for much more.
  7. Reviewed by: Zach Hollwedel
    Oct 27, 2014
    65
    Not only does it promise scares, but it looks good, moves quickly, and uses effects well and wisely. In a market that's rapidly growing, Constantine does a commendable job distinguishing itself.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Oct 22, 2014
    63
    If you’re not already a fan of the story, Constantine has some kinks to iron out before the unenlightened will willingly follow this master of the dark arts.
  9. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 22, 2014
    58
    Constantine doubles down on both shape-shifting and puzzlements. Its whiz-bang-boom special effects also might serve as ample enticements for viewers who don’t much care whether anything makes any real sense.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Oct 27, 2014
    50
    Constantine seems like a good fit tonally for Friday night companion series “Grimm,” but Constantine will need to more clearly establish its world--and the rules of its world--and better define its characters if it hopes to become a fanboy favorite.
  11. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Oct 27, 2014
    50
    The pilot is very spotty.
  12. Reviewed by: Patrick Kevin Day
    Oct 27, 2014
    50
    As the title character, Matt Ryan is great as the world-weary, faintly sleazy, self-proclaimed exorcist, demonologist and master of the dark arts.... Less successful is the story.
  13. Reviewed by: Jason Hughes
    Oct 27, 2014
    50
    There's a fun dynamic between John and Chas that is yet to be explored, while we haven't even met the third member of our trio yet.
  14. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Oct 27, 2014
    50
    He’s another reluctant antihero battling supernatural terrors that, with the help of some whiz-bang special effects, are all style and no substance.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 23, 2014
    50
    A sometimes sharp but painfully predictable Constantine premieres Friday night.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 23, 2014
    50
    The new show is a perfectly adequate, even above-average example of the genre, but at this late date, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd.
  17. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Oct 22, 2014
    50
    The best thing about the new NBC series, Constantine, which is based on The DC Comics "Hellblazer" series, is that its hero has a roguish sense of humor
  18. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Oct 21, 2014
    50
    There’s good stuff in the pilot--the special effects, for one--and not-so-good stuff, leaving the question up in the air about whether writers David Goyer and Daniel Cerone, who developed the series, can make the fixes necessary to do justice to Hellblazer.
  19. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Oct 17, 2014
    50
    The wildly uneven Constantine premiere is a decidedly mixed bag of magic tricks. It's moody and mysterious. It's also muddled and meandering.
  20. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 23, 2014
    42
    Messy pilot that doesn't offer enough backstory, or reason to care all that much about Constantine.
  21. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Dalene Rovenstine
    Oct 20, 2014
    42
    A well-stubbled Matt Ryan works hard to charm with womp-womp wit.... A wan female sidekick comes and goes. But the cockroaches impress. Good luck giving a damn about the rest.
  22. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 22, 2014
    40
    The series--adapted by Daniel Cerone with an assist from genre specialist David S. Goyer--nearly chokes on its mythological mumbo-jumbo, and frankly, yelling at demons in foreign tongues seemed a whole lot scarier back when “The Exorcist” first turned heads.
  23. 30
    The problem is that, as executed, the show seems stuck a creative netherworld all its own, somewhere between straight-faced action epic and snarky, quip-filled, Buffy the Vampire Slayer–style near-parody — and because it doesn't have the artistic chops of a Buffy, or a Sleepy Hollow, for that matter, it all comes across as calculating and insincere,
  24. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Oct 21, 2014
    25
    The turns of the convoluted plot and the thick-as-a-brick backstories of the largely dull, undetailed characters are all that seem to matter to the show's writers.
  25. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 27, 2014
    20
    Matt Ryan plays title character John Constantine, and he gets an incomplete on his acting grade because he has so little legitimate material with which to work.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 278 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 65
  2. Negative: 10 out of 65
  1. Oct 24, 2014
    10
    Simply AMAZING !! I waited for to long but now when its out i just cant wait for more episodes and cannot wait for more DC characters to showSimply AMAZING !! I waited for to long but now when its out i just cant wait for more episodes and cannot wait for more DC characters to show up on the show. Full Review »
  2. Oct 31, 2014
    4
    The lightning paced Constantine provides some creepy chills and benefits from a solid performance from Matt Ryan but suffers from a jumbledThe lightning paced Constantine provides some creepy chills and benefits from a solid performance from Matt Ryan but suffers from a jumbled plot, hokum backstory and almost no room for character development. Full Review »
  3. Oct 24, 2014
    9
    The most promising show this season, especially because it's about the mystic part of the DC universe, which hasn't been explored very much inThe most promising show this season, especially because it's about the mystic part of the DC universe, which hasn't been explored very much in live action. Matt Ryan is perfect in the lead role since he goes back and forth between broody and snarky without breaking a sweat. He IS John Constantine straight from the pages of the comics.
    The visual effects are decent for TV, the atmosphere provides a scare or two, and if NBC goes all the way and takes this show in a similar direction to Hannibal (unapologetically violent and disturbing), they got another hit on their hands.
    Overall, I'd suggest anyone interested in comic books to give Constantine a shot. In a time when most shows based on comics are either corny (The Flash, Agents of SHIELD) or gratuitous fanboy pandering (Gotham), Constantine feels like a breath of fresh air.
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