Proof (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins give exceptional performances in a film that intelligently tackles the territory between madness and genius.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

Few movies regard the psyche with such sober discernment.

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Victoria Segal
New Statesman

... Proof seems like no more than a fraction of a cinematic experience, a string of emotional calculations that fails to provide a satisfying solution.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The result, like so many stout travellers from stage to screen, is respectable. Stolidly, bloodlessly, yawningly respectable.

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Joshua Starnes

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.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Madden does a competent job transferring the film from stage to screen.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A limp, and utterly pointless melodrama that's never as intelligent as it thinks.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Paltrow shimmers and shines in this look at real inheritance, what the DNA leaves, as Pop (Hopkins, dynamite) is a math genius who, ummm, loses track, shall we… More
Jay Hutchinson
This film has so much going for it. Gwyneth Paltrow plays the lead role, Anthony Hopkins is a minor, but important, supporting character, and the premise has… More
Jim Hunter
The daughter of a brilliant mathematician must convince her new beau and her domineering sister that she wrote an important mathematical document. We don't… More
Sophie Burgess
I can see what it tried to do, it just didn't do it well. It wasn't in depth enough and the drama about who wrote the Proof wasn't dramatic… More
Jennifer Xu
I cried when Jake Gyllenhaal didn't believe that Gwyneth Paltrow wrote the proof. So sue me. It was sad.<br/><br/>I love that you don't… More
Dean McKenna
This film was good and it's about death, love, and mental incapacity. This is a bit familiar of the story I have seen on screen before in such fine film as… More