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  • Summary: Proof is the compelling story of an enigmatic young woman haunted by her father's past and the shadow of her own future, exploring the links between genius and madness, the tender relationships between fathers and daughters and the nature of truth and family. (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    Paltrow gives the performance of the year, and perhaps of her career, in this extraordinary and powerful dissection of genius, jealousy, madness and serenity.
  2. 88
    The material is intellectual, but the treatment is not. Proof is a stirring motion picture that challenges our views on a great many things about life, some of which we take for granted. And, by opening up the play, Madden has made it less talky and more cinematic without losing the quintessential elements that made it such a success on stage.
  3. But at its highest level of ambition, Proof fails to deliver. The film becomes a psychological whodunit where Catherine is shown to be either a martyr to her father or else his intellectual equal. None of it is terribly convincing.
  4. Its characters are complex and engaging, its central mystery pulls the action forward at a clip, and the performances by Paltrow and Davis are excellent. At the same time, it's a little too slick.
  5. 67
    You never believe that Paltrow's character is insane, even when she herself does. She has too sturdy a core.
  6. The result, like so many stout travellers from stage to screen, is respectable. Stolidly, bloodlessly, yawningly respectable.
  7. It's funny how movies about smart people often play so dumb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. JacobB.
    Sep 17, 2005
    10
    Simply fantastic.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 25, 2005
    10
    Gorgeous.
  3. Dec 30, 2013
    10
    Una pelicula brillante, enigmatica y muy bien planeada para mantener al espectador pendiente de lo que iva a suceder. Muy buenas actuacionUna pelicula brillante, enigmatica y muy bien planeada para mantener al espectador pendiente de lo que iva a suceder. Muy buenas actuacion esteleres en especial de Gwyneth Paltrow y Anthony Hopkins Expand
  4. SharonB.
    Jun 18, 2006
    8
    Great job by Gwyneth Paltrow. Would like to know more about this complicated family.
  5. Jen
    Mar 31, 2006
    7
    Generally well acted and directed, but kind of dull. Paltrow's a little over the top in parts and not terribly believable as a math genius.
  6. EllenS.
    Sep 23, 2005
    7
    I really enjoyed this film. Gwyneth Paltrow -- for once not made up to be the perfect American blonde beauty -- gives a great performance as I really enjoyed this film. Gwyneth Paltrow -- for once not made up to be the perfect American blonde beauty -- gives a great performance as the sad but ultimately determined heroine. Jake Gyllenhaal is very entertaining as an incredibly good looking math geek (that could happen, right?) and Hope Davis was so convincing as the ambitious, ultra organized and controlling big sister that I nearly reached through the screen to punch her out. It was an interesting and often surprisng story, well worth a trip to the theater but it will play well in the home theater down the line. Expand
  7. LuntS.
    Sep 25, 2005
    1
    The people who made this movie have clearly not done a math problem in their entire lives. Terrible.

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