A shotgun spray of metaphysics, cosmology, the Old Testament, flying saucers, angels, spooky blonde-haired men in black trench coats, mysterious little black rocks, two cute kids and a moose on fire.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Knowing is like two movies crammed into one, and though it tries to make up for the identity crisis with a shocking twist ending, it's the film's ham-fisted finale that's ultimately to blame.
Knowing is one of the dumbest films audiences are likely to see this year.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
...is better than THE WICKER MAN remake. But not by much.
| Original Score: 3/10
In the film's conclusion Proyas undoes most of his good work from earlier, resulting in the disappointing ruin of what could have been a rather thought-provoking story.
| Original Score: 4/10
Knowing is a classic case of a movie that is crammed with interesting ideas but is unable to conceptualize them in a compelling fashion.
| Original Score: 2/4
It is predictable hogwash, and it gets even hogwashier until it arrives at an ending that manages to be inevitable, uninspired, and preposterous.
| Original Score: D
...so convoluted, idiotic and preachy that it plays like M. Night Shyamalan adapting the Left Behind books. Only dopier.
It's a folly and a failure, but an intriguing one - an ambitious vision from a tremendous filmmaker that, sadly, had too much going on with not enough to say.
Basically two movies wrestling around in a burlap bag full of rocks: one an ambitious, big-idea sci-fi yarn, the other a horror movie as dumb as ... well, that's where those rocks come in.
Even with its intriguing, sci-fi-ish setup Knowing finds a way of consistently striking all the wrong notes.
He's like Mel Gibson in "Signs," only his visitors know how to open doors.
This year's prize for most ludicrous set-up and most ludicrous punchline
Knowing that 'Knowing' is not worth your money is probably your best bet in movies to not pay for this weekend.
Knowing's path is so far fetched, disturbing and down right awful that I would expect to find very few people who enjoyed this film.
Hokum is best served straight, not as a New Age cocktail with too many ingredients.
Trades occasional moments of inspiration for obvious allegory and second-hand action sequences that shoot for stark seriousness but can barely pass for pop spectacle.
| Original Score: 35/100
Somewhere in amongst the mystery/thriller/horror/sci-fi/drama genre-bending shenanigans something gets seriously lost.
| Original Score: 2/5
'Knowing' this film certainly isn't, but if special effects are your thing, you'll enjoy the ride.