Roger Ebert bothered many film critics and moviegoers when he turned in a four-star review of Alex Proyas’s new film Knowing. Today, he’s defending his rave review.

Meanwhile, Christianity Today’s review was posted last week — more high praise.

But that review inspired backlash too. Here are a few of my favorite lines from the comments of CT Movies readers:

“Although there are some shorts which may show a little cleavage, it’s never done sexually…”

Shorts which show cleavage? I’ve gotta see this movie!

“The fowl language is brief and very infrequent.”

Is it sparrow language, or seagull language? Personally, I find myself most commonly offended by waterfowl language.

“Don’t look for a biblically based movie.”

I wouldn’t normally expect a “biblically based movie” from mainstream entertainers composing a work of science fiction about the future. But frankly, even though the Bible is a lamp to my feet and light for my path, I tend to find that “biblically based movies” are usually very preachy and poorly made. I normally find more profound inspiration in films from artists who never intended to make a “biblically based movie,” but who made something that reflected the truth through beauty and excellence nevertheless.

“…the last 15 minutes of the film turn out to be what I would label as blasphemy against our Creator.”

Must we label it as “blasphemy” if a work of science fiction, created by non-Christians, falls short of reflecting our worldview? Must we be so swift and severe in “labeling” things and condemning worldly people for being, well, worldly? Or might we instead be encouraged to find “rumors of glory” and evidence of “eternity in their hearts” when we find glimmers of truth in worldly entertainment?

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