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Proof Reviews

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.
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.
December 24, 2005
Madden does a competent job transferring the film from stage to screen.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 1, 2005
Few movies regard the psyche with such sober discernment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 30, 2005
The result, like so many stout travellers from stage to screen, is respectable. Stolidly, bloodlessly, yawningly respectable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2005
Once you get past that golden swag and curtain of hair, Paltrow's performance is devastating, cutting to the pith and marrow of parent-child relations.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 28, 2005
Miscast yet marvelous, Paltrow and the rest of the cast hold you to the movie, even when you intuitively sense something is lacking.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 23, 2005
Paltrow is pretty commanding, even if Madden pushes things toward airlessness by keeping the camera so tight. The anguish on that lovely, haggard face -- you're right there with her, yearning for the moment you both can finally breathe.
September 23, 2005
A respectable but mild, drab little film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 23, 2005
Somewhere in the translation from stage to screen, David Auburn's powerful Pulitzer Prize-winning play was transformed into a goopy Gwyneth Paltrow movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2005
The play, with all of its key surprises and biting exchanges intact, is up there on the screen. But given the depth and fascinating pull of Auburn's writing, that's a good thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 23, 2005
Crackling good work, emotionally and intellectually interesting and grandly entertaining, saved from pomposity a good deal of the time by its sense of humor.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 23, 2005
Proof now joins 1984's Amadeus, 1985's made-for-television version of Death of a Salesman and 1988's Dangerous Liaisons on the list of the best modern movie adaptations of the past 25 years.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 23, 2005
Another movie that toys with ideas but forgets to establish a credible atmosphere.
Read More | Original Score: C+
September 23, 2005
Flattened onto the screen ... everybody always seems to be saying exactly the wrong thing to poor Gwyneth, which gives her the right to be insufferable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 23, 2005
Proof that you can drain most of the juice out of a play and still have an enjoyable night at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 22, 2005
Intelligent middlebrow entertainment with a few juicy roles to feed talented actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 22, 2005
The story's emotional stakes are such a grab bag that it's difficult to feel much urgency about the outcome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 22, 2005
The story's genial unpretentiousness has been darkened and weighed down, and what's left is less than prime.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 22, 2005
An extraordinary thriller about matters of scholarship and the heart, about the true authorship of a mathematical proof and the passions that coil around it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 18, 2005
Proof is a stirring motion picture that challenges our views on a great many things about life, some of which we take for granted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 16, 2005
Those who didn't see the theatrical production (myself among them) might be left wondering if the material looked this phony on stage.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2005
PROOF will put a lot of viewers right back where they left off in 12th-grade calculus: asleep.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 16, 2005
Although she tends to get actressy in her work, Paltrow's Catherine is a believable portrait of loss and grief.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2005
[Paltrow's] is a performance that redeems everything else about this film, and allows for the hope that there will be many more to come in this gifted actress' career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 15, 2005
Its themes of trust, the depth of filial responsibility and concerns about genetic inheritances are explored with depth and intelligence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 15, 2005
Proof, the movie, is alive and sulking.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2005
In Proof, [Paltrow] seems to be drawing upon a fund of real pain and it does wonders for the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 15, 2005
Hopkins, his hair and beard gone white, unravels with gorgeous precision.
September 14, 2005
The delights are in the details, and in the way the convoluted story unfolds by bits and pieces.
September 14, 2005
It's hard to quarrel with the way Proof depicts mathematical genius as an unknowable abstraction. Otherwise, we might need advanced degrees to watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 13, 2005
John Madden's competent, monotonous film version, not exactly stagebound but hardly freewheeling, only underscores its mechanical nature.
September 12, 2005
The trouble with Proof is that, however efficiently it completes its task, you have to ask whether the job was worth starting.
September 9, 2005
The emotional heft of Proof is considerable, even with some problems inadequately worked out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 6, 2005
[Paltrow is] great in this.
August 29, 2005
An elegant, intelligent drama of a breed increasingly rare in mainstream American movies.
August 29, 2005
It explores issues of love, trust and family wonderfully through the inner life and ironic wit of Paltrow's character.