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Proof (1991)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Score Yet...
Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 5,218

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Movie Info

Jocelyn Moorhouse's feature-film debut is a jet-black comedy starring Hugo Weaving as Martin, a paranoid blind man, made so because he is convinced that his mother, when he was a child, lied to him about the sights she described to him. As an adult, Martin is reclusive and ill-tempered. Perversely, Martin is also a photographer -- he takes the pictures, has them developed, asks friends to describe the pictures to him, and then labels them in Braille to make sure no one is tricking him. His … More

Rating:
R (N/A)
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Nov 2, 2004
Runtime:
Fine Line Features


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Critic Reviews for Proof

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

In this quietly compelling black comedy, Moorhouse employs artistic vision and camera craft to bring the hero's humming, hand-felt universe amazingly to light.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

If there is a kind of movie I like better than any other, it is this kind, the close observation of particular lives, perhaps because it exploits so completely the cinema's potential for voyeurism.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There are adroit little truths everywhere, touching on blindness, cruelty, loneliness, deception and love. Writer/director Jocelyn Moorhouse has a dynamic knack for psychological twists, and for suspense in the unlikeliest of places.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A touching, well acted melodrama

Full Review… | May 1, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

Moorhouse has written three full, rich characters who come vividly alive as acted by the excellent cast. Though the film is unabashedly unrealistic from the outset, it never for a moment feels contrived.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Moorhouse's debut examines how much our perception of 'the truth' is moulded by others and uses an intriguing and powerful premise to illustrate her point.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
Film4

Spellbinding unconventional psychological drama about a blind man dealing with emotional security.

Full Review… | April 25, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The performances (especially Weaving's) have a delicacy and a questing, intellectual drive absent from most movies.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
eFilmCritic.com

Andy's actions suggest a complicated personality, but the half-assed backstory he feeds Martin does little to bring that persona into any sort of sharp relief.

Full Review… | September 16, 2004
Filmcritic.com

Powerful and richly developed psychological drama about the leap of faith that is necessary to take if we are to have a full and vibrant life.

Full Review… | August 22, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Proof is a complex relationship film, with perceptive views on faith and with trust, played out in equal parts of irreverent comedy and touching poignancy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The hook is charming and better yet, the movie follows through.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Proof

Nasty little gem of a film.

brooklynspo
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

½

A well-scripted movie - one of many that I regret not to have watched before. "Proof" is the story of a blind man, but his worse handicap being his inability to trust anyone. When asked by his mother, why she would lie to him, he simply replies - "Because you can". It's fascinating how a simple few words can carry with it so much depth - and not just in the context of the movie; but in showing the kind of emotional insecurity an unsighted person has to live with everyday.

SajinPA
Sajin P A

Super Reviewer

½

A beautiful, under-seen gem that features a regular outstanding performance from Russell Crowe, as well as one of Hugo Weaving's (perhaps the most under-appreciated actor of the last few decades or so) best turns. This is a pure character study film, focusing in on a cynical blind man (Weaving) who befriends a local restaurant worker (Crowe), and lets him in on his secret of taking pictures of everything he comes across and having that person give him a vivid picture of what it is he's captured. While it starts a little slow and takes some time to get into, this film shines brighter than I originally anticipated thanks to three terrific, fully fleshed out characters (the other being Geneviove Picot) who are consistently interesting and entirely unpredictable - which makes the film so hypnotizing. Weaving shines brightest amongst all, inhabiting a figure whose past is just utterly heartbreaking, and who doesn't hand out his trust very easily. The end of the film could have easily went against everything that made it so special, but instead it plays its cards rights and ends ideally.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

A bizarre but superb drama on the emotional games three people play, wittily and pereceptively captured by novice writer-director Jocelyn Moorhouse and acted with total conviction and sympathy.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Proof Quotes


Doctor: You've been blind since birth. So what were you doing driving a car? Martin: I forgot
– Submitted by Krisha C (19 months ago)

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