November 29, 2020
The plot is hinged around a predicament so overwhelming that its conclusion can't possibly resolve satisfactorily.
September 13, 2020
Nicolas Cage being Nicolas Cage in a film that requires Cage to be Cage.
October 30, 2019
Part science fiction cliché, part religious crackpotism, [the ending's] genuinely bad enough to cast a shadow over the entire film.
March 20, 2019
Unbreakable quickly descends into bad CGI set-ups and portentous, hysterical exchanges.
March 12, 2016
The impressively grim finale ensures that Knowing ultimately ends on a decidedly memorable note...
November 24, 2011
A damned entertaining movie despite the fact that it stars Nicholas Cage.
September 29, 2011
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.
September 23, 2011
Suffice it to say that the last third is a mélange of Close Encounters and Christian eschatology, and you'll wish the film had stopped about 15 minutes sooner.
July 25, 2011
If those space-dudes are so friendly, why drive children insane with a bunch of weird code? Why not just show up on The Tonight Show and tell everybody the exact date and time? Lame! Also: Why fake Massachusetts? Why not just say: 'This is Australia.'
October 27, 2010
Knowing is about faith; the belief that one day the mysteries of the universe will be explained to us, and the knowledge that anything is possible.
August 9, 2010
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.
July 6, 2010
Alex Proyas has gone all out on a film which, unfortunately, will be seen by many as an interesting experiment gone awry, rather than the sci-fi masterpiece it aspires to be.
July 6, 2010
A slog through lazy writing, indifferent acting and blase direction with no hope of anything but chaotic violence as reward.
June 2, 2010
A broad, leisurely jumble of Alfred Hitchcock-style suspense architecture and a dreary, paint-by-numbers Sci-Fi Channel Original, Knowing only seems to extract two reactions: nail-biting and eye-rolling.
October 31, 2009
... starts off as director Alex Proyas's take on "Final Destination" before going all "Close Encounters" on us. If only we hadn't seen it all before.
September 10, 2009
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.
August 30, 2009
Pay attention to Mr. Proyas' lighting and set design as well as the intense disaster sequences that dot Knowing: As with the rest of his oeuvre, the movie looks great.
August 25, 2009
This year's prize for most ludicrous set-up and most ludicrous punchline