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Proof of Life (2000)


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 115
Fresh: 46
Rotten: 69

Critics Consensus: Despite its promising premise and superstar cast, Proof of Life is just a routine thriller that doesn't offer anything new.

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 22

Critics Consensus: Despite its promising premise and superstar cast, Proof of Life is just a routine thriller that doesn't offer anything new.


Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 46,903



Movie Info

A woman whose marriage is in trouble finds herself falling for a new man as her husband's life hangs in the balance in this thriller. Peter Bowman (David Morse) and his wife Alice (Meg Ryan) have relocated to a small Latin American nation called Tecala; Peter works for an American engineering and construction firm, and his latest assignment has him building a dam that is intended to bring power to the developing nation. The ELT is a radical Marxist faction gearing up for political revolution in … More

R (for violence, language and some drug material)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Romance , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Tony Gilroy
In Theaters:
Jun 19, 2001
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Proof of Life

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (69) | DVD (18)

I was interested all through the movie--interested, but not riveted.

Full Review… | December 8, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

For all its nail-biting fusillades, it fails to score a shot to the heart.

Full Review… | December 8, 2000
Top Critic

Proof of Life refers to a negotiator's demand for proof a hostage is still may start wondering the same thing about the movie.

December 8, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Good story, but too violent for kids.

Full Review… | December 27, 2010
Common Sense Media

The unconvincing Proof of Life is a missed opportunity.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009

Whatever sparks ignited off the set fail to register on film, in essence ruining Taylor Hackford's drama.

Full Review… | October 14, 2007

About as thrilling as the Kansas plains.

Full Review… | July 1, 2004

Crackles, sputters, and starts up finally in the last half of the movie.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004

Tragically for both Hackford and the punters, the best drama came when the cameras weren't rolling.

Full Review… | April 1, 2003

Kidnapping romance showcases Crowe's gifts -- and Ryan's limitations.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

Crowe proves once more what a commanding, persuasive presence he can be. Without even making a noticeable effort, he becomes the focal point of the story...

Full Review… | June 15, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Can't some writers/directors concede to the fact that some stories work perfectly well on their own without having to force an awkward first kiss between the two leads?

Full Review… | May 25, 2002

About as big a fiasco as the lumbering Gladiator.

Full Review… | March 7, 2002
Matinee Magazine

Proof of Life is two movies. It should have been just one.

Full Review… | September 20, 2001
Movie Habit

I wish there had been more proof in Proof of Life that the filmmakers were alive and kicking.

June 20, 2001
Movie Metropolis

A well-acted disappointment.

Full Review… | March 29, 2001
Film Written Magazine

Larga, tediosa y manipuladora, es uno de los grandes fracasos del año

Full Review… | March 21, 2001

an entertaining thriller, even if there are some fairly large plot holes and inconsistencies

Full Review… | February 27, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

The action in Proof of Life is standard stuff, but very well-done.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Film Journal International

Expository flaws are easily forgotten as Proof of Life picks up steam

Full Review… | February 7, 2001

Crowe's commanding performance stands out too strongly against the backdrop of this awkwardly paced, off balance production.

Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Hollywood Report Card

A film that because of its cast and subject matter should have been much, much better.

Full Review… | December 18, 2000
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

Although [the script] throws out some interesting ideas, it has trouble fashioning them into a compelling thriller.

Full Review… | December 8, 2000
Internet Reviews

Audience Reviews for Proof of Life


It is what it is. You really cant blame this movie on Russell Crowe or Meg Ryan, but the atrocious screen writer and the studio that allowed this to be made.

Nelson Pickens

Super Reviewer

Quite bad, really could have been much better!

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Well, first of all, "Proof of Life" is somewhat of a insignificant movie. Of course the subject of the film is important but there are too many negative aspects.

Script-wise the movie is very weak. There's no suspense, no emotion. If there was, then the actors didn't do their job. The characters are mainly quite unappealing.

"Proof of Life" is still worth seeing but will not last a second viewing. It's starts slowly but in the end it delivers some enjoyable moments.

Jani H

Super Reviewer


A tense, stunning and pulse-pounding thriller that explodes with action, excitment, romance and suspense. A truly thrilling, gripping, nail-biting and breathtaking adventure. Heart-wrenching and adreniline-pumping. Powerhouse performances. Russell Crowe is magnificent. David Morse is outstanding. David Caruso is excellent.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Proof of Life Quotes

Terry Thorne:
I like Mr Magoo.
– Submitted by Jesse K (14 months ago)
Alice Bowman:
Things don't happen for a reason; they just happen.
– Submitted by Facebook U (2 years ago)

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