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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
March 27, 2009
Mixing Spielbergian child-like wonder, disaster movie spectacle and the cod-religious silliness of M Night Shyamalan's 'Signs'. The premise is compelling, but the execution is over-cooked.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
March 23, 2009
There's nothing really special about this film, other than an interesting premise.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
March 23, 2009
Things started to fall off of the deep end very quickly.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
March 23, 2009
If Alex Proyas' Knowing were reasonably entertaining -- instead of just dour, pointless and tedious -- it would be a camp classic.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 23, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 20, 2009
An uneasy blending of sci-fi and religion, fate and faith -- the same mish-mash that has bedeviled most of M. Night Shyamalan's recent movies, and leaves this film leaden with self-importance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 20, 2009
It's pretty much impossible to take the rest of a film seriously once you've seen a flaming moose running toward the camera in slow motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
March 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
March 20, 2009
The narrative corner into which this movie, directed by Alex Proyas, paints itself is a simultaneously silly and morbidly depressing one.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 20, 2009
For me, it doesn't quite work; still I'm glad he took the risk.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
March 20, 2009
Its breathlessness and permanent state of confusion make you long for the assured touch of M. Night Shyamalan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 20, 2009
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.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Cole Haddon
Film.com
March 20, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 19, 2009
A little levity, applied at key moments, might have helped it make its points and lend plausibility to its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 19, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 19, 2009
Was there a prediction of this laughably bad movie in The Mothman Prophecies?
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 19, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
March 19, 2009
Hokum is best served straight, not as a New Age cocktail with too many ingredients.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 19, 2009
A not-bad supernatural-tinged sci-fier that has more on its mind than the run-of-the-mill effects-driven extravaganza.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 19, 2009
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.
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Christopher Borrelli
Chicago Tribune
March 19, 2009
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 19, 2009
A weird and gloomy existential thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 19, 2009
It's a Nicolas Cage movie, so, admit it, you're expecting crazy. You have no idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
March 19, 2009
Proyas remains a skilled director of mood and spectacle, but a striking look and a handful of remarkable setpieces -- look out for that plane -- can't elevate what's ultimately a silly movie with a queasy subtext.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 19, 2009
Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jim Ridley
L.A. Weekly
March 19, 2009
[A] lugubrious thriller.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 19, 2009
Knowing is a classic case of a movie that is crammed with interesting ideas but is unable to conceptualize them in a compelling fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 19, 2009
Ultimately the one who gets burned is Cage, a 1996 Oscar winner whose once-promising career is boarding the mother ship for oblivion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 18, 2009
It's all very creepy, satisfyingly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 18, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5