Knowing Reviews

  • I'm a bit on the fence with Knowing. It is well made, and bleak as hell, but just has a little too much going on for me to recommend it.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • 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.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • 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.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Some movies, however unpromising, can be saved by a great ending. Here is one.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • 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.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The narrative corner into which this movie, directed by Alex Proyas, paints itself is a simultaneously silly and morbidly depressing one.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • It's a Nicolas Cage movie, so, admit it, you're expecting crazy. You have no idea.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Was there a prediction of this laughably bad movie in The Mothman Prophecies?

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

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

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Knowing has the evangelical fervor of a movie that feels as if it were made during W's first term. Which is to say, Knowing is as potent a slice of disaster porn as Left Behind. It dabbles in faith and doubt and has no patience for f

    Christopher Borrelli — Chicago Tribune

  • The dialogue is sci-fi standard-issue, composer Marco Beltrami shamelessly cribs from Bernard Herrmann, and wispy Rose Byrne barely registers as Cage's ally.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • A weird and gloomy existential thriller.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The resolution of the mysterious visitors' mission and John's crisis of faith feels more like an excuse to stage some hellacious cataclysms than the product of a genuine belief in anything at all.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's all very creepy, satisfyingly so.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A not-bad supernatural-tinged sci-fier that has more on its mind than the run-of-the-mill effects-driven extravaganza.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • The movie begins shameless, grows stupid and winds up silly. If the ending had less of the air of a crackpot religion and more pretentiousness, you could almost call it Shyamalanish.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • The dizziness of it all might not have been so obvious had we not had a long prologue and a finale that climaxes with two or three anti-climaxes, a couple of them laugh-out-loud silly.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • The frustrating thing about Knowing is the story is worthy. But director Proyas tries to cram too much in, as if the tricks and effects wizardry are all that really counts. They aren't.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Despite the concept, despite the relatively solid and even exciting first half, the last fifteen minutes of Knowing left me squirming in my seat. Seriously.

    Cole Haddon — Film.com

  • Its breathlessness and permanent state of confusion make you long for the assured touch of M. Night Shyamalan.

    Kamal Al-Solaylee — Globe and Mail

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