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Proof of Life (2000)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 22

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



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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


Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense

Tony Gilroy

Jun 19, 2001


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

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

December 8, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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For all its nail-biting fusillades, it fails to score a shot to the heart.

December 8, 2000 Full Review Source:
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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
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Good story, but too violent for kids.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The unconvincing Proof of Life is a missed opportunity.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

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

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

About as thrilling as the Kansas plains.

July 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Mixed Reviews

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

April 1, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

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

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

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...

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
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?

May 25, 2002 Full Review Source:

About as big a fiasco as the lumbering Gladiator.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

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

September 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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.

March 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

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

March 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

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

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

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

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

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

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source:

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

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

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

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

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

December 8, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Proof of Life

Quite bad, really could have been much better!
September 29, 2009

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.
January 3, 2009

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.
August 17, 2008

Super Reviewer

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