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A woman struggles to come to terms with the potentially dangerous legacy of her late father in this drama based on the award-winning stage play by David Auburn. Catherine (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant and well-known mathematician. While Robert's skill in the world of numbers still appears to be strong, his grip on reality begins to slip away, and as Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may have inherited her father's mental illness along with his mathematical… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"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
"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
"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
"A limp, and utterly pointless melodrama that's never as intelligent as it thinks."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"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
"A subtle, slow-burning mystery that does justice to its themes of identity, sanity and sacrifice."
‑ Anna Smith, Empire Magazine
"Few movies regard the psyche with such sober discernment."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Miscast yet marvelous, Paltrow and the rest of the cast hold you to the movie, even when you intuitively sense something is lacking."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Timid staging faithful adaptation = no cinema"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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
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