| Original Score: 2.5/4
| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: C+
I was interested all through the movie--interested, but not riveted.
For all its nail-biting fusillades, it fails to score a shot to the heart.
Proof of Life refers to a negotiator's demand for proof a hostage is still alive...you may start wondering the same thing about the movie.
Proof of Life is intelligent, but culturally biased and less than altogether compelling.
Well directed, superbly acted, full of conflicting emotions and has subtle psychological shifts in loyalties.
Emotionally off kilter.
| Original Score: 2/4
The overriding feel of this film: purposelessness.
Hackford bookends his movie with some terrific action sequences, but the center is a void.
There's much in Proof to excite and involve you.
Proof...verifies that quality filmmaking triumphs over tabloid gossip.
Go to see Proof of Life and remember to stay to the very end.
Hackford and company don't deliver in Proof of Life.
Proof of life? Only at the end of the movie.
What ultimately sinks this stylish but heartless film is a flat lead performance by the eternally snippy Meg Ryan.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It's the same old story, a fight for love and glory, except that time goes by . . . slowwwwly.
Proof of Life isn't a movie. It's an overpriced scrapbook.
| Original Score: 1/5
This Taylor Hackford-directed, Tony Gilroy-written film, solidly and professionally made though it is, is nowhere near as engrossing as looking for signs of life between the two lead performers.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
A reasonably engrossing thriller.
[A] flat and thoroughly predictable piece of filmmaking.
This is half a good movie held hostage to the other, trashier half, and unfortunately for all of us, no rescue seems forthcoming.
The film is still paint-by-numbers.
The movie delivers on its own terms.
I liked it.
| Original Score: B
In a year of so many so-so movies, Proof of Life is the so-soest.
| Original Score: C
When it's dull, which it is too often for a kidnap caper, this movie is about a woman chirping 'notice anything new about my outfit?' to a man whose idea of style is a jacket not crusted in human blood.
A first-rate thriller.
The movie's impressive look cannot fully compensate for the uneven and partially involving nature of the overall story.
Story's backdrop is interesting and relevant, but nearly everything that has been placed in the foreground is hackneyed and lacking in imagination.