Proof (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins give exceptional performances in a film that intelligently tackles the territory between madness and genius.


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A devoted daughter comes to terms with the death of her father, a brilliant mathematician whose genius was crippled by mental insanity, forcing her to face her own long-harbored fears and emotions. She adjusts to his death with the help of one of her father's former mathematical students, who searches through her father's notebooks in the hope of discovering a bit of his old brilliance. While she comes to terms with the possibility that his genius, which she has inherited, may come at a painful … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some sexual content, language and drug references)
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Rebecca Miller, David Auburn
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 14, 2006
Box Office: $7.5M
Runtime:
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as University Friend

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as Friend at Party

as University Friend

as Professor Barrow

as Professor Bhandari

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Critic Reviews for Proof

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (40)

Madden stages the action with a minimum of imagination and gets a career-worst performance out of Davis in a key role, but the material still sputters to life on the strength of the writing and Paltrow's commitment to the part.

Full Review… | November 25, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Sadly, the impact of the clever parallelogram of emotional and philosophical concerns in Auburn and Rebecca Miller's screenplay is deadened by the director's overly literal -- mechanical -- cinematic interpretation.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Madden does a competent job transferring the film from stage to screen.

Full Review… | December 24, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Proof is a smart film, but it tries too hard. It wears its heart on its sleeve, and the pathos becomes a bit much because there is little to balance it out.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011
ComingSoon.net

A limp, and utterly pointless melodrama that's never as intelligent as it thinks.

Full Review… | August 20, 2010
Cinema Crazed

Timid staging faithful adaptation = no cinema

Full Review… | September 1, 2009
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Proof

Paltrow shimmers and shines in this look at real inheritance, what the DNA leaves, as Pop (Hopkins, dynamite) is a math genius who, ummm, loses track, shall we say. Will the daughter follow in Pop's enormous footsteps ... in each and every way? Tension aplenty with a great supporting cast. Pretty damn good if you ask me.

ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

The daughter of a brilliant mathematician must convince her new beau and her domineering sister that she wrote an important mathematical document.
We don't care about the proof, the film's main source of conflict; director John Madden knows few in the audience are smart enough to care about theoretical math and physics. So what's left? Proof has to compel us with the interpersonal drama Catherine's relationship with her dead father and her sister and boyfriend who grow to doubt her sanity. But from very early on, we know there's no reason to doubt Catherine, so we're left waiting for the film to catch up to the audience, and thus the film loses its reason to compel us to care about these characters. Gwyneth Paltrow, who conjures her Sylvia character in her depressive moments, occasionally gives us reason to pay attention to Catherine's struggles, but especially when she raises her voice, Catherine, in Paltrow's hands, comes off as annoyingly disinterested and unengaged with manic bouts of petulance. It's hard to like Paltrow, and it's even harder to be interested in Catherine.
Overall, I found Proof to be structurally flawed, and the film's star certainly didn't shine.

hunterjt13
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

I cried when Jake Gyllenhaal didn't believe that Gwyneth Paltrow wrote the proof. So sue me. It was sad.I love that you don't know where this movie is going until it gets there. I turned cold when Gwyneth Paltrow read out Anthony Hopkins' "proof."

jennifxu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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