Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    The movie delivers on its own terms. It may emerge a bit bruised and tattered around the edges, but its ever-beating heart provides the ultimate Proof of Life.
  2. Fortunately, this film doesn't have to depend on off-screen dalliances to prove its worth.
  3. 73
    Proof of Life won't hold your heart hostage for very long after it's over, but here's looking at Russell Crowe -- he's the real deal, sweetheart.
  4. 63
    I was interested all through the movie--interested, but not riveted. I cared, but not quite enough.
  5. The romantic subtext of their characters' relationship is the film's chief liability, and feels forced and undeveloped.
  6. 63
    Disappointingly routine kidnapping thriller with soap-opera trimmings.
  7. Whatever romantic tension the film has is communicated in the coiled-spring performance by Crowe, one of the most remarkable actors working.
  8. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    It's never enough of a grabber to keep the mind from wandering to the romance it apparently sparked.
  9. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    It's absorbing, although draggy.
  10. 60
    His (Crowe) emotionally charged performance stands in contrast to Ryan's annoying, movie-star turn.
  11. 60
    Exactly the sort of good bad movie that Hollywood does best -- it's big, worthless fun.
  12. 60
    Against the lush backdrop of the Andes, Crowe and Caruso define on-screen cool: good guys in a match of wits and firepower who even talk about their emotions.
  13. When it's dull, which it is too often for a kidnap caper, this movie is about a woman chirping ''notice anything new about my outfit?'' to a man whose idea of style is a jacket not crusted in human blood.
  14. Morse and Caruso provide better reasons to see this film than do Ryan and Crowe.
  15. Reviewed by: Michael Sragow
    Everything about Proof of Life is intriguing and a little off.
  16. An ambitious film that aims to examine the human equations behind the abductions. But for all its good intentions, it's not as subtle as it might be, and it's finally pitched too broadly to achieve the level of emotional truth it aims for.
  17. What ultimately sinks this stylish but heartless film is a flat lead performance by the eternally snippy Meg Ryan.
  18. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    This slick, handsomely produced thriller only gets the pulse half racing.
  19. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Crowe gets to use his real Aussie voice, which works better with that poker face, and his underplaying at times has a psychotic intensity. But Ryan looks dopey when she's supposed to be stressed-out.
  20. In Proof of Life it's the same old story, a fight for love and glory, except that time goes by . . . slowwwwly.
  21. 40
    Slim pickings.
  22. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    This is half a good movie held hostage to the other, trashier half, and unfortunately for all of us, no rescue seems forthcoming.
  23. 40
    Flat and thoroughly predictable piece of filmmaking.
  24. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A disappointingly routine thriller that prefers to lean on tired Hollywood conventions rather than to explore fresh dramatic and stylistic territory.
  25. 30
    It's Rambo with a split hero -- Morse absorbing punishment and Crowe wreaking vengeance.
  26. 25
    A hostage drama without any tension. It is a love story without any heat. It is as curiously empty a movie as we've seen all year.
  27. A hostage drama that oscillates between soap opera and action flick.
  28. Proof of Life kidnaps the audience, then tortures it to a slow death
  29. Proof of Life isn't a movie. It's an overpriced scrapbook.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Aug 23, 2013
    It is one of those been there seen that type of movies, but it was exciting and naturally acted.There was some beautiful landscapes. It isn't memorable, however it is a good see. Full Review »
  2. Jan 14, 2012
    This movie sucks in every single way, despite the racist message that want to show Colombia as a dangerous country, the plot sucks. Its a waste of time and if u intend to buy, please don't do it! Full Review »
  3. Dec 20, 2010
    Guilty pleasure movie. Russell Crowe makes it worth watching, this is Meg Ryan on the cusp of weird cosmetic procedures, before she became cringe-worthy. Full Review »