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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. 100
    An extraordinary thriller... The film centers on two remarkable performances, by Gwyneth Paltrow and Hope Davis.
  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. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    75
    Very, very faithful to Proof the play.
  4. Reviewed by: Nelson Pressley
    70
    Paltrow is pretty commanding, even if Madden pushes things toward airlessness by keeping the camera so tight.
  5. In Proof, Paltrow plays yet another young woman who is being gnawed at by termites of instability, only this time out, her performance, rather than startling, is merely competent: earnest and overly familiar.
  6. The result, like so many stout travellers from stage to screen, is respectable. Stolidly, bloodlessly, yawningly respectable.
  7. I wish I could report the arrival of an impressive movie, but this one, for all its ostensibly big ideas about mathematics and wounded minds, struck me as an elaborate pretext for a synthetic love story.

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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 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 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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