Knowing Doesn't Add Up

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 12:52 PM CDT

(Newser) – The reviews are in, and it doesn’t look good for Knowing, Nicolas Cage’s predestination-driven sci-fi epic. Here’s what critics are saying:

  • It’s “laughably bad,” says Joe Neumanier of the New York Daily News, a pseudo-philosophical mess that “reaches for sci-fi relevance, but just keeps getting sillier.” Cage “isn’t as bad as he too often can be,” but watching him solve the film’s number puzzle “is as electrifying as watching someone do a Jumble puzzle.”

  • “Director Alex Proyas resolutely thinks in B-movie terms,” says Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter. He fills the movie with beautiful disasters “so over the top that you can only shake your head.”
  • Roger Ebert, on the other hand, says in the Sun-Times that it's “among the best science-fiction films I've seen”—intelligent, philosophical, “and when it needs to be, rather awesome. ... Pluck this movie, and it vibrates.”