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John Constantine has literally been to Hell and back. When he teams up with a policewoman to solve the mysterious suicide of her twin sister, their investigation takes them through the world of demons and angels that exists beneath the landscape of contemporary Los Angeles.

Actors: Rachel Weisz , Keanu Reeves , Shia LaBeouf , Djimon Hounsou , Max Baker , Pruitt Taylor Vince , Gavin Rossdale , Jesse Ramirez , Peter Stormare , Tilda Swinton
Directors: Francis Lawrence
Country: USA , GERMANY
Release: 2005-02-18
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  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Pretty much rocks. Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Reeves has confidently entered his self-parodic period. You’ll enjoy his wry post-Matrix murmurs and squinty stares.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    What Constantine offers is a deceptively thoughtful tale tricked up like an action movie; it's beautiful to look at but even more lovely to ruminate over.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    Constantine is a one-of-a-kind hybrid: a theological noir action film. And until it goes irrevocably goofy at the end, it's a smart ride--and smart-looking too.

    Time Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    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.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    Listen up, fanboys and enthusaiasts of sophisticated visual wizardry: this theological noir-horror actioner-a stand-alone, rapturous good time-craftily and accurately captures the straight-faced camp, wry wit and episodic structure of its source material.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Constantine, which opts in the end for what I can only describe as a kind of supernatural humanism, is not without its spiritual satisfactions.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    Keanu Reeves has no peer when it comes to playing these sort of messianic roles -- he infuses them with a Zen blankness and serenity that somehow gets him through even the unlikeliest scenes with a quiet, unassuming dignity.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    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.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    It's inconsistent and it fudges the script's murkier details, but Lawrence keeps the story on track and doesn't cheat the world of Constantine."

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The choice for the uninitiated is simple: Take the ride for its fitful thrills and dark elements, or just say the hell with it.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The best thing about this big, imaginatively detailed movie is its premise, which director Francis Lawrence, a music-video veteran, takes his time exploring.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Flipping his cigarette lighter and snapping deadpan retorts, Reeves plays the demon-hunting detective with Keanu-esque panache.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    One thing's clear: R.J. Reynolds won't be showing Constantine at the company picnic any time soon.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Constantine will appeal most strongly to those with a penchant for vivid cinematic comic book adaptations.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Slightly better than your run-of-the-mill late winter horror film.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    While lacking the richness of its source material, it remains an enjoyable, immoral and sometimes beautifully Gothic tale.

    Empire Full Review
  • David Ansen

    Peaks early, then descends into portentous nonsense.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The movie is ornate, arbitrary, and fetishistic, too, with the added challenge of being hell to follow for those without access to crib notes. Intellectually, I can admire the emphasis on visual style over plot clarity.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

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

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    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.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A great-looking but torturously slow and often hokey cross between "The Exorcist" and "Dirty Harry."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    It all comes off as a case of filmmakers wanting to have their communion wafer and eat it, too.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    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.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Mark Holcomb

    Fans of Hellblazer are bound to be disappointed.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    This adaptation of the graphic novel "Hellblazer" blazes few new trails and bogs down in a confusing narrative muddle.

    Variety Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Philippe Rousselot's elegant cinematography lends some gravitas to music-video veteran Francis Lawrence's directorial debut.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Reeves rigid delivery makes Constantine's occult backstory sound pretentious and silly, and converts Constantine himself into a repressed cipher. The film's biggest revision isn't in not making him blonde, or not making him British. It's in not making him human.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Tilda Swinton is the Angel Gabriel, adding a touch of high-class celestial cross-dressing to this overblown, overlong attempt - which falls just short of success - to make a movie dumber than "Van Helsing."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    The relation between Constantine and its source material is, at best, superfluous.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Much of Constantine simply portends.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Strange, that movies about Satan always require Catholics. You never see your Presbyterians or Episcopalians hurling down demons.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    Couldn't be murkier or less emotionally involving if it were "The Matrix 8," a natural observation because Keanu Reeves stars in both.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Leah McLaren

    Every time you think you grasp the concept, another layer of outlandish supernatural gobbledygook is laid on top, leaving the viewer feeling as spun-out as Linda Blair's head.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    There's a potentially good story rattling around somewhere inside this broken, self-contradictory and finally meaningless film.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Borderline incoherent, theologically unsatisfying, and short to the point of dwarfism on suspense.

    Slate Full Review
  • David Denby

    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.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The movie isn't hellish, because there's always hope of leaving it. It's more like purgatory, two whole hours of it.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Constantine is yet another studio extravaganza that's all aswirl with atmospherics, though empty at its center. The invasion of the soul snatchers proceeds apace.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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