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A time capsule containing a cryptic message about the coming apocalypse sends a concerned father on a race to prevent the horrific events from unfolding as predicted in this sci-fi thriller directed by Alex Proyas (Dark City) and starring Nicolas Cage. 1958: As the dedication ceremony for a newly constructed elementary school gets under way, a time capsule containing student drawings of the future is buried on the grounds and scheduled to be unearthed on the school's 50th anniversary. Instead of submitting a drawing, however, one little girl scribbles a series of seemingly random numbers… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"If Alex Proyas' Knowing were reasonably entertaining -- instead of just dour, pointless and tedious -- it would be a camp classic."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"A damned entertaining movie despite the fact that it stars Nicholas Cage."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"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.'"
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, ÜberCiné
"A slog through lazy writing, indifferent acting and blase direction with no hope of anything but chaotic violence as reward."
‑ Nathan Lee,
"There's nothing really special about this film, other than an interesting premise."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"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."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"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."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Things started to fall off of the deep end very quickly."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"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."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ Hank Sartin, Time Out Chicago
"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."
‑ Simon Foster,
"... 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."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
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