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  • Summary: What the #$*! Do We Know is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The protagonist, Amanda (Matlin), finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality. (Lord of the Wind Films, LLC) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 26
  2. Negative: 9 out of 26
  1. Tells a light-hearted fictional story and creates a maze of imaginative animation and special effects to illustrate how the heavier thoughts of the science apply to the everyday world.
  2. Think of it as "The Matrix" for the quantum physics set.
  3. 60
    The film is amateurish in places, but fascinating: Bring your eager hypothalamus and your tuned-up frontal lobes with you. They'll get a workout.
  4. It's fun, instructive, and stimulating, but never beautiful. Ultimately it's limited by its compulsion to knock our socks off at every turn and to compare itself with "Alice in Wonderland."
  5. Reviewed by: Margaret Wertheim
    In the age of creationism, a sympathetic mix of science and religion sounds like a promising premise. But in this genre-blending cocktail of drama, documentary and computer-graphic animation, quantum physics is so subordinated to the service of an anything-goes mysticism that little remains of the science except the terminology.
  6. 30
    Darts around maniacally before congealing around a touchy-feely message of personal empowerment whose secular humanism and moral relativism is bound to strike fundamentalists of all stripes as downright Satanic.
  7. The film treats its audience like fidgety junior-high schoolers, piling on the sub-Koyaanisqatsi cityscapes and cheesy episodes with Marlee Matlin as a lonely photographer, plus bouncy cartoons of human cells who look as if they'd be happier chasing stains in bathroom-cleanser commercials.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 48
  2. Negative: 20 out of 48
  1. PapaC.
    Jan 11, 2006
    I absolutely loved this movie. I realize that it is not for everyone though. It plays kind of like a college lecture, and sitting through it might be tedious for some. However, if you are able to stick it out, the lessons taught are fascinating, and illustrate with percision the realm of possibilities that exist in a world that we are just beginning to understand. I felt like I was floating after I left the theatre. Expand
  2. ShaunM.
    Dec 17, 2006
    People are so bleeping dumb. It makes me wonder how many of the "red-numbered" reviews down below are from close-minded religious fanatics or dull witted white-trash. Expand
  3. Blerim
    Oct 14, 2006
    It's more than interesting how some people react on this "documentary". Why this documentary is taken so seriously by the biggest skeptics in the world? Why it matters so much? Maybe we just feel jealous because somebody else did this documentary and not us, maybe our experience is telling us that there is more than meet the eyes. (Sorry for my English writing, foreigner) Expand
  4. StevieB.
    Aug 27, 2005
    If you really believe you can do it, you can walk through walls! It's "Science!" First: face a nearby wall, then: run forward as fast as you can! Go start practicing now, so you can be the first on your block to really understand "Physics!" Expand
  5. MarkM.
    Jul 16, 2006
    Junk, unmitigated magical thinking cultish propaganda rubbish! Gullible true believers will fall for the gags and out right misrepresentations but anyone with true intelligence and good sense will understand why this fairytale film is dangerous in the hands of the foolish. This is a thinly veiled recruitment and training video for pseudoscience cult like thinking. Be afraid of a society where more than 3% of the population consider this film as anything other than trash. Expand
  6. MarianneB.
    Jul 29, 2009
    Aimed at people who were confused by middle school. Looks like short clips from all sorts of NOVA programs put into a paper bag and shaken (no context!) up spliced with clips of psychic babbling. It's like being stuck at a bus stop having to endure the conversation among stupid people wanting to shout "You stupid #@%*'s!" but too polite to do so. Expand
  7. RobertH.
    Mar 3, 2007
    One of the most laughable films ever made. It represents ridiculous claims as scientific fact without any sort of credibility. When JZ Knight "channeled" an alien warrior to help explain quantum physics, I knew that this movie was full of BS. Avoid at all costs. Expand

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