Proof Reviews

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Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 2, 2007
offers a convincing demonstration of the theorem that good writing and sensitive performances can equal an engaging and nuanced piece of cinema.
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 25, 2006
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.
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
As a story about personal and family dysfunction, and about coming to terms with life's uncertainties, Proof isn't bad.
| Original Score: 3/4
Anna Smith
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
A subtle, slow-burning mystery that does justice to its themes of identity, sanity and sacrifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
March 17, 2006
An elegant adaptation to the screen, with the play's qualities largely intact and great performances from Paltrow and Hope Davis, as her sister. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Hopkins complete a dream cast.
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
March 15, 2006
Proof is something of a puzzle, an all-star drama that has the feel of a Sunday afternoon film. Think curiosity, not must see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 10, 2006
Intense and compelling, Proof is an absorbing film that shows the intricacies of the human mind are as complex as a mathematical equation.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
March 4, 2006
| Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 24, 2006
Smart, well-acted, and wonderfully directed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 10, 2006
Paltrow stars as a woman who may or may not be around the twist. Having named her real-life child after a piece of fruit, that's what I call inspired casting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 7, 2006
A masterpiece before it reached the screen and maybe the highest praise that can be offered in celebration of this film version is that it remains one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 31, 2006
For patient viewers, it does offer a carefully considered and ultimately inspiring examination of how the need for order and logic is less important than a willingness to embrace chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 16, 2006
It's a quiet kind of triumph. I know no one saw it but I hope more people will.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com
January 4, 2006
The argument Proof makes in its cool, sophisticated way is that sometimes it is difficult to clarify the line between insane individual and insane genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 24, 2005
Madden does a competent job transferring the film from stage to screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 15, 2005
..."tasteful" is probably the operative word for the entire thing. It's hard to fault anybody's work here. If there is a problem, it is an insubstantiality in the source material...
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 6, 2005
Intelligent and well-realized but lacking much of an emotional charge.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
November 1, 2005
A decent film that...remains married to its words and bound to its limited sets.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 29, 2005
Jake Gyllenhaal brings a certain geeky sweetness and enthusiasm to his role as Hal. There's also genuine chemistry between him and Gwyneth, even if she seems a little too old for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
October 26, 2005
Paltrow's inward performance is of a piece with her stunning work as Sylvia Plath in the biopic Sylvia.
Full Review | Original Score: B

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