Knocking (2021)

After suffering a traumatic incident, Molly (Cecilia Milocco) moves into a new apartment to begin her path to recovery, but it's not long after her arrival that a series of persistent knocks and screams begin to wake her up at night.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 8, 2021
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2021
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A slow-burning thriller that teeters between reality and delusion, Knocking views social issues through a blurred lens streaked with horror.

Phuong Le

Moments of visual ingenuity and a deep understanding of psychological suspense show that Kempff is one to watch.

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Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
AWFJ Women on Film

A film both simultaneously subtle and confronting, with Knocking Kempff achieves the perfect balancing act that holds the humanity of those living with mental illness such as Molly at its core.

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Jason Shawhan
Nashville Scene

Knocking is a taut and upsetting suspense yarn about hearing and listening and how they are not the same thing.

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Monica Castillo

In addition to its mind-bending narrative, the visual style of Knocking is equally as striking.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

[A] smart, disquieting film.

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Matt Donato
The Gist

It's a dreadful tale of domestic horrors until the third act unravels, and overall feels stretched thin even at roughly eighty minutes.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

Pulling off this claustrophobic level of immersion requires better orchestration than Kempff's drawn-out buildup.

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Drew Gregory

The suspense is not born from a hidden truth, but from our concern for Molly's well-being. This is not a fun genre film. This is a sad and visceral foray into one woman's mind.

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Adam Mock
Film Inquiry

For a first-time director, Kempff had a very stylistically sharp vision for Knocking which is bogged down by an overly meandering tone that feels a bit too shy to commit to the fear and paranoia it strives to convey.

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