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What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 76
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 50

Educational, but as entertainment, it'll have viewers asking, 'What the bleep?'


Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 17

Educational, but as entertainment, it'll have viewers asking, 'What the bleep?'



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Part narrative, part documentary, and part animation, What the #$*! Do We Know?! was filmed with the intent of expressing the neurological processes and so called "quantum uncertainty" of life. With the help of a directorial triumvirate consisting of Betsy Chasse, William Arntz, and Mark Vicente, Marlee Matlin stars as Amanda, whose uninspired daily routine is abruptly altered into a chaotic, Alice in Wonderland-style reality, complete with quirky characters and wildly different perspectives on

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All Critics (87) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (50) | DVD (10)

Shot and acted with all the skill of a late-night infomercial.

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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As an entryway into new ways of thinking about the self, the universe, and the vast infinite whatnot of whatever (you know what we mean, oh wise one), this little movie is big.

October 19, 2004
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The film with the year's most unfortunate title also happens to be a candidate for the year's worst film.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A pretty good documentary.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Sometimes What the #$*! Do We Know!? has the corny, ham-handed feel of an old 16mm educational movie, but I'm not sure how intentional this is.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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Though it does influence some spirituality sneakily, and can be pretty ridiculous, it's still a fascinating account of free thinking.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This documentary will either be a life-changing experience, or it'll drive you nuts with its new-agey tone.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Lumbering docudrama.

March 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There are two minor problems with What the #$*!: it's bad science and it's a bad movie.

March 10, 2005 Full Review Source:

Ainda que interessante em sua metade inicial, quando fascina pela ausência de respostas, acaba desmoronando ao tornar-se um previsível manual de auto-ajuda.

March 7, 2005
Cinema em Cena

...a clumsy hybrid of romantic comedy and New Age infomercial that plays like the weirdest driver's education film you've ever seen.

January 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A highly enjoyable, brain teasing elucidation of quantum physics and theory

January 5, 2005

Tries to meld quantum physics with pop philosophy using a bunch of talking heads spliced in with a mediocre narrative.

December 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

If positive thinking results in computer-animated body cells farting or singing Robert Palmer, our chi, mojo, or whatever has miles to go toward self-actualization.

December 9, 2004 Full Review

Movies are a visual medium, and not even four dimensions of Ph.D.s are going to change that. Not in this lifetime, anyway.

November 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Mercury
Las Vegas Mercury

Here's what we know: We know that What the #$*! Do We Know!? is a tedious, faux-philosophical waste of time.

November 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

Overall the talking heads do a great job - as in "How Quantum Physics Can Change YOUR Life!" The same can't be said for the storyline, which leaves much to be desired.

November 9, 2004 Full Review
Martha's Vineyard Times (Massachusetts)

you'd be better off reading about quantum mechanics and simply imagining that you have seen this movie

October 22, 2004 Full Review Source:

I'd be much more impressed by these notions that nothing is real were they not delivered by people in solid, upscale surroundings.

October 20, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Provocative movies like this open a world of knowledge and ideas, stimulating thinking and conversation.

October 11, 2004 Full Review Source:

New Age hooey disguised as a scientific documentary about quantum physics.

October 8, 2004
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A terrific way to spend 109 minutes.

October 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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Audience Reviews for What the Bleep Do We Know!?

The theatrical cut of this movie is but a taste. If it stirs your interest, then you must rent/buy the extended version which includes hours of additional footage including interviews, graphical explanations, and dramatic sequences.
A nice introductory documentary to the world of quantum physics. Must see for anyone interested in science or philosophy, even if you are familiar with the topics, as the interviewees are fantastic and inject an enthusiastic quality to work as a successful facade for what is essentially a mashed-up (and atypically amusing) lecture.
May 23, 2008

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This film is so cheap and tacky how it expects to discuss it's theories on quantum physics is beyond me. With scenes of sex and some bad language it may seem like this film is aimed at adults. However we are also treated to CGI representation of lust singing Robert Palmers 'Addicted to Love'. This film really is that wank. Represents theories as facts, and ties together some interesting interviews with a fictional sub-plot about some deaf woman which just happens to demonstarte everything being said. This is the same stuff you find in those self-help books but done in a much more patronizing manner. As entertainment it sucks, as a documentary it blows and as an enlightening doorway into a new vast realm of can fuck off.
August 30, 2007

Super Reviewer

appreciate the fact that this movie tries to make the audience think, but the approach is terrible and condescending to say the least. These are not new concepts. These are rehashed efforts to explain the world through juvenile fantasy that pretends that the world is only what we know. This is a child's way of thinking. This is someone who is stuck in the concrete operational stage of development. I agree that reality is perception, but that is on the level of subjective experience. Anyone who has stepped outside of themselves will have encountered this manner of thought before. In addition, again-these are not novel ideas. If you have never quested outside of the conventional realm of thought you might find this interesting. If you have never done any self-study or study in the world of philosophy then this might be an introduction, but it is pedestrian to say the least(sorry to sound pompous), pedantic and misses the mark in its effort to teach (or bludgeon). I might also add that the presentation was terribly annoying with all of the flashing in and out. It was a chore to watch...and not because it makes you think. I might also add that it completely fudges the concepts in Quantum mechanics to meet its message. Check out "Waking Life" or "Mindwalk" if you want to provoke some real thought about life. You will find yourself far more fulfilled.
July 16, 2007

Super Reviewer

It seems a fine documentary as I like Marlee Matlin who appears in that special interest film. (Disappointed it has no English substitles on DVD - that's impossible because it has support for the deaf culture including Marlee Matlin).
February 1, 2007
Dean McKenna

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