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Based on 37 Reviews
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  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Madden directed Paltrow in the play on the London stage, but he does his "Shakespeare in Love" goddess no favors by filling the screen with big close-ups that betray the theatrical origins of the piece and drain the movie of life and urgency. Proof hasn't been filmed at all -- it's been embalmed. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A goopy Gwyneth Paltrow movie. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Proof proves undeniably that the intimacy of a stage play can be re-created powerfully on screen. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    I wish I could report the arrival of an impressive movie, but this one, for all its ostensibly big ideas about mathematics and wounded minds, struck me as an elaborate pretext for a synthetic love story. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. The other actors in this stagebound movie fare less well. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Who knew a drama about numbers could be so thrilling? show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Gwyneth Paltrow is triumphant in this somewhat derivative and overly stage-bound film. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    An extraordinary thriller... The film centers on two remarkable performances, by Gwyneth Paltrow and Hope Davis. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The material is intellectual, but the treatment is not. Proof is a stirring motion picture that challenges our views on a great many things about life, some of which we take for granted. And, by opening up the play, Madden has made it less talky and more cinematic without losing the quintessential elements that made it such a success on stage. show more

  • 75
    Miami Herald

    Very, very faithful to Proof the play. show more

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