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A devoted daughter comes to terms with the death of her father, a brilliant mathematician whose genius was crippled by mental insanity, forcing her to face her own long-harbored fears and emotions. She adjusts to his death with the help of one of her father's former mathematical students, who searches through her father's notebooks in the hope of discovering a bit of his old brilliance. While she comes to terms with the possibility that his genius, which she has inherited, may come at a painful price, her estranged sister arrives to help settle their father's affairs.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Madden stages the action with a minimum of imagination and gets a career-worst performance out of Davis in a key role, but the material still sputters to life on the strength of the writing and Paltrow's commitment to the part."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Few movies regard the psyche with such sober discernment."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Proof is a smart film, but it tries too hard. It wears its heart on its sleeve, and the pathos becomes a bit much because there is little to balance it out."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"offers a convincing demonstration of the theorem that good writing and sensitive performances can equal an engaging and nuanced piece of cinema."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"A subtle, slow-burning mystery that does justice to its themes of identity, sanity and sacrifice."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"Sadly, the impact of the clever parallelogram of emotional and philosophical concerns in Auburn and Rebecca Miller's screenplay is deadened by the director's overly literal -- mechanical -- cinematic interpretation."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The result, like so many stout travellers from stage to screen, is respectable. Stolidly, bloodlessly, yawningly respectable."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"A limp, and utterly pointless melodrama that's never as intelligent as it thinks."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"An elegant adaptation to the screen, with the play's qualities largely intact and great performances from Paltrow and Hope Davis, as her sister. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Hopkins complete a dream cast."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"Madden does a competent job transferring the film from stage to screen."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Once you get past that golden swag and curtain of hair, Paltrow's performance is devastating, cutting to the pith and marrow of parent-child relations."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Timid staging faithful adaptation = no cinema"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"As a story about personal and family dysfunction, and about coming to terms with life's uncertainties, Proof isn't bad."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"Proof is something of a puzzle, an all-star drama that has the feel of a Sunday afternoon film. Think curiosity, not must see."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
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