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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Knowing is among the best science-fiction films I've seen -- frightening, suspenseful, intelligent and, when it needs to be, rather awesome.

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  • 30

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Director Alex Proyas resolutely thinks in B-movie terms. Even with an A-list budget, he oversells every plot point and gooses the thrills with hokey lighting, bombastic music and serious overacting.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    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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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    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.

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  • 50

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Science fiction fans will feel gypped, disaster movie fans will appreciate about 10 minutes of screen time and be bored by the rest, and no one else will care.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Until it jumps the tracks into self-righteousness, though, Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas, can also be as unnerving as the best episodes of "The Twilight Zone."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Grim sci-fi thriller is too intense for young kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this grim sci-fi thriller is about global catastrophe and disaster, which could be very upsetting for kids. There are scary presences, spooky music, dead parents, and children in danger throughout the movie, and it really stretches the PG-13 rating in terms of depicting horrifying disasters (a monumental plane crash injures and kills scores of people, an out-of-control subway train smashes into a crowded station, etc.). Animals are seen burning as they flee from a massive fire. A main character also drinks to excess on a number of occasions, and there's some language ("s--t," "damn," etc.).

  • Families can talk about how the movie creates suspense. Would it be as spooky or scary without the music, close-up shots, or shadows?
  • Parents, if the movie's end-of-the-world subject matter upsets your kids, be sure to address their fears.
  • And on a lighter note, you can also discuss what you'd put in a time capsule to represent your life.

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Single parents are shown as loving, concerned, and trustworthy.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Wracked by grief after the recent death of a loved one, a leading character abuses alcohol on a nightly basis.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Harrowing accidents are shown in great detail. A plane crashes into a crowded freeway, with bodies, fires, and injuries everywhere; a train speeds out-of-control through New York's Subway system, inflicting destruction, death, and injury. Children are often in grave danger -- from accidents, scary strangers lurking, fire, abduction, and many major events over which they have no control. One little girl is shown bloodied and on the brink of madness in an early scene. Burning animals flee from a fire (one is shown in a disturbing close up).

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false2

    Language: Cursing includes "dammit," "hell," "s--t ," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: A scene set in a convenience store shows Pepsi and other products. One Sabrett's hot dog stand is prominently seen on an NYC sidewalk.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: An otherwise principled character frequently drinks to excess when depressed.