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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
March 23, 2009
There's nothing really special about this film, other than an interesting premise.
March 23, 2009
Things started to fall off of the deep end very quickly.
March 23, 2009
If Alex Proyas' Knowing were reasonably entertaining -- instead of just dour, pointless and tedious -- it would be a camp classic.
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+
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
March 20, 2009
The narrative corner into which this movie, directed by Alex Proyas, paints itself is a simultaneously silly and morbidly depressing one.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
March 19, 2009
A little levity, applied at key moments, might have helped it make its points and lend plausibility to its characters.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
March 19, 2009
Was there a prediction of this laughably bad movie in The Mothman Prophecies?
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
March 19, 2009
Hokum is best served straight, not as a New Age cocktail with too many ingredients.
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.
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.
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
March 19, 2009
A weird and gloomy existential thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: C-
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
March 19, 2009
[A] lugubrious thriller.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 18, 2009
It's all very creepy, satisfyingly so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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