Proof Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
April 25, 2011
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 6, 2005
It's not just that [Paltrow] has trouble playing the part of a math genius; she seems to have trouble at times playing the part of a human being.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 22, 2005
The story's genial unpretentiousness has been darkened and weighed down, and what's left is less than prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
Timid staging faithful adaptation = no cinema
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
September 21, 2005
Strong performances distract from an often convoluted story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 15, 2005
Gwyneth Paltrow plays the daughter of a famous dead mathematician in John Maddens terribly serious film adaptation of the much-admired Broadway play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 16, 2005
PROOF will put a lot of viewers right back where they left off in 12th-grade calculus: asleep.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 23, 2005
Paltrow is left alone, much like Catherine, suffering and longing for someone - anyone - to come up to her level. No one ever does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
August 20, 2010
A limp, and utterly pointless melodrama that's never as intelligent as it thinks.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
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Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
October 12, 2005
A melodrama is a melodrama, even if the people in it occasionally announce something like, 'I figured out how to get a lower bound for H.'
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Arthur Lazere
September 15, 2005
Something went terribly wrong here and one of the fine theatrical experiences of recent years turns into celluloid dross.
Alan Dale
November 9, 2005
[A]n infantile fantasy ... of not just being daddy's favorite but being chosen, by some mysterious power, to inherit his gift.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 9, 2006
...the story reveals a lot less substance than there appears to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 19, 2006
Sure, the play won the Pulitzer Prize, but that doesn't mean it makes a great film, in my opinion. Maybe it just works better on the stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 8, 2005
The sparks go out in John Madden's film version, with a script by Auburn and Rebecca Miller and starring a wan Gwyneth Paltrow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
September 13, 2005
John Madden's competent, monotonous film version, not exactly stagebound but hardly freewheeling, only underscores its mechanical nature.
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Jan Stuart
September 15, 2005
Proof, the movie, is alive and sulking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 16, 2005
Proof is like its own page of badly done math homework. It shows all work, all right. But it feels cribbed from an answer sheet. And it never proves a thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 25, 2006
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