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Knowing

6/10
Sci-Fi . Thriller . Science Fiction . Mystery . Drama . Adventure . Action
 

A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold.

 
Actors: Chandler Canterbury , Rose Byrne , Nicolas Cage , Joshua Long , Adrienne Pickering , Alan Hopgood , Lara Robinson , D.G. Maloney , Nadia Townsend , Ben Mendelsohn
Directors: Alex Proyas
Country: USA , UK , AUSTRALIA
Release: 2009-03-20
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  • Roger Ebert

    Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Scott Mendelson

    This is a severely flawed, but also a fascinating and engrossing science fiction film, a picture that offers far more than surface thrills.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Josh Rosenblatt

    It's just engaging enough to make you accept the possibility that two kids from the Boston suburbs may just be mankind’s only hope for the future, and just exciting enough to make you forget that you're watching a Nicolas Cage movie.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stan Hall

    By being judicious with CGI, Proyas gives the film's handful of disaster sequences great impact.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Genre fans always looking for something new and awesome may feel like they've seen most of this before, but the conceptual and emotional strength of Summit's Nicolas Cage starrer largely carries the day.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Yes, Knowing is creepy, at least for the first two-thirds or so, in a moderately satisfying, if predictable, way.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Christopher Borrelli

    Until it jumps the tracks into self-righteousness, though, Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas, can also be as unnerving as the best episodes of "The Twilight Zone."

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Knowing has about a half-dozen screenwriter credits, which may explain why scenes crash up against one another - smart, stupid, far-fetched, compelling. And the trouble is that Cage walks (or runs) through them all, treating each with the same level of intensely goofy seriousness.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Science fiction fans will feel gypped, disaster movie fans will appreciate about 10 minutes of screen time and be bored by the rest, and no one else will care.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Olivia Putnal

    While the concept is interesting, the whole thing comes off as a rather hilarious, um, disaster.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Kamal AL-Solaylee

    A catalogue of made-in-America delusions, hallucinations and cosmic catastrophes that draws on environmental fear-mongering in one reel and evangelical lore the next.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Knowing offers mumbo jumbo on an apocalyptic scale.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Whatever else Proyas has done in Knowing, he has created an ending that is sure to divide audiences into camps of love it or hate it, deeming its message either hopeful or hopelessly heavy-handed. For me, it doesn't quite work; still I'm glad he took the risk.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Early scenes of mayhem and destruction are marred by subpar special effects; those in the final reel are spectacular, but there's a long wait for them because the movie is so maddeningly, portentously slow.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Knowing frequently feels one Revelation quote away from turning into a chiding, fundamentalist-friendly end-of-the-world movie in the "Left Behind" mold.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The draggy, lurching two hours of Knowing will make you long for the end of the world, even as you worry that there will not be time for all your questions to be answered.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    UH-UH. Non. Nein. Negative. Sept. 11 is not to be used as the setup for a cheesy disaster prophecy flick.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    If you're of a mind to believe a dreary and far-fetched thriller about numerology-crazed alien life forms, then you may find the movie mildly diverting.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Starts off mildly ridiculous, ascends to the full-blown ludicrous, and finally sails boldly off the edge of the absolutely preposterous.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Reviewers sometimes insult actors by saying they don't vary their expressions across an entire movie. But until Knowing, I never thought that could literally be true. Nicolas Cage does widen his eyes with about 15 minutes left in the film.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    If you want to know how inept the movie is...well, it's so inept that you may wish you were watching an M. Night Shyamalan version of the very same premise.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Director Alex Proyas resolutely thinks in B-movie terms. Even with an A-list budget, he oversells every plot point and gooses the thrills with hokey lighting, bombastic music and serious overacting.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    If Alex Proyas' Knowing were reasonably entertaining -- instead of just dour, pointless and tedious -- it would be a camp classic.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Jim Ridley

    What would a Christian Apocalypse movie look like with a big budget, a talented director, and star power of higher wattage than a discount Baldwin brother? Here comes the answer: like a glum hybrid of the "Final Destination" movies, an Irwin Allen disaster bash, and the kitschiest parts of Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain."

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    If you see only one bad movie this year, definitely make it Knowing. The first major disappointment from director Alex Proyas is a disaster movie, a horror picture, a "Da Vinci Code"-style thriller and an end-of-days religious film all at once.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Cammila Albertson

    Knowing is the path to eternal pain.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Isn't prophetic ... just pathetic

    New York Daily News Full Review
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