Proof of Life

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

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  • Summary: Peter Bowman (Morse), an American engineer in a Latin American country, is kidnapped for a $3 million dollar ransom. Abandoned by her husband's employer and insurance company, his wife Alice (Ryan) refuses to give up on his life. She takes on the task of bringing him home but quicklyPeter Bowman (Morse), an American engineer in a Latin American country, is kidnapped for a $3 million dollar ransom. Abandoned by her husband's employer and insurance company, his wife Alice (Ryan) refuses to give up on his life. She takes on the task of bringing him home but quickly realizes she can't do that without help. An expert in "K & R" (Kidnap & Ransom), Terry Thorne (Crowe) is Alice's best and only hope for saving Peter. (Warner Bros.) Collapse

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Marc Caro
    75
    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. Whatever romantic tension the film has is communicated in the coiled-spring performance by Crowe, one of the most remarkable actors working.
  3. 63
    Disappointingly routine kidnapping thriller with soap-opera trimmings.
  4. What ultimately sinks this stylish but heartless film is a flat lead performance by the eternally snippy Meg Ryan.
  5. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Gemma Files
    40
    This is half a good movie held hostage to the other, trashier half, and unfortunately for all of us, no rescue seems forthcoming.
  7. Proof of Life isn't a movie. It's an overpriced scrapbook.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Aug 23, 2013
    7
    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'tIt 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. Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2010
    7
    Guilty pleasure movie. Russell Crowe makes it worth watching, this is Meg Ryan on the cusp of weird cosmetic procedures, before she becameGuilty pleasure movie. Russell Crowe makes it worth watching, this is Meg Ryan on the cusp of weird cosmetic procedures, before she became cringe-worthy. Expand
  3. Aug 8, 2015
    5
    Entertaining throughout but the overall premise was badly executed and the payoff was lacking in narrative terms. I would recommend it merelyEntertaining throughout but the overall premise was badly executed and the payoff was lacking in narrative terms. I would recommend it merely for some good performances, but there's nothing new for the thriller genre that this movie has to offer.

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  4. Jan 14, 2012
    0
    This movie sucks in every single way, despite the racist message that want to show Colombia as a dangerous country, the plot sucks. Its aThis 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! Expand

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