Knowing (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 20, 2009
DVD Release Date: July 7, 2009
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Critic Score: 34% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Knowing has some interesting ideas and a couple good scenes, but it's weighted down by its absurd plot and over-seriousness.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

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.

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Stephanie Zacharek

If Alex Proyas' Knowing were reasonably entertaining -- instead of just dour, pointless and tedious -- it would be a camp classic.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

The impressively grim finale ensures that Knowing ultimately ends on a decidedly memorable note...

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

There's nothing really special about this film, other than an interesting premise.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Louis Proyect

A damned entertaining movie despite the fact that it stars Nicholas Cage.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

Things started to fall off of the deep end very quickly.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

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.

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Neil Pond
American Profile

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Im not sure what to say here. I was very disappointed at the end. I just felt that it got kinda preachy and I don't know what else to say. Had me for a… More
Candy Rose
A school girl puts a list of numbers into a time capsule. When the time capsule is opened 50 years later, a MIT professor discovers that the list predicted… More
Alex roy
Enjoyable Science Fiction thriller, Knowing managed to be a more impressive film than what I'd initially thought. Although not a great movie, this is… More
Kevin M. Williams
It's the end of all life as we know it again, only instead of the Mayan prophecy we get a homegrown girl with the lowdown ... and Nicholas Cage competently… More
Melvin White
John Koestler: The numbers are the key to everything.  "Knowing is Everything..." By no means is Knowing a perfect or great film, but it isn't… More
Tyler Robertson
An interesting premise is one thing, but executing it is a different story in the process of making a movie. I wish the writer for Knowing could've… More