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Proof (2005)



Critic Consensus: Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins give exceptional performances in a film that intelligently tackles the territory between madness and genius.

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A devoted daughter comes to terms with the death of her father, a brilliant mathematician whose genius was crippled by mental insanity, forcing her to face her own long-harbored fears and emotions. She adjusts to his death with the help of one of her father's former mathematical students, who searches through her father's notebooks in the hope of discovering a bit of his old brilliance. While she comes to terms with the possibility that his genius, which she has inherited, may come at a painful price, her estranged sister arrives to help settle their father's affairs.

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Gwyneth Paltrow
as Catherine
Hope Davis
as Claire
Roshan Seth
as Professor Bhandari
Gary Houston
as Professor Barrow
Anne Wittman
as Friend at Party
Leigh Zimmerman
as Friend at Party
Colin Stinton
as Theoretical Physicist
Leland Burnett
as Band Vocalist
John Keefe
as University Friend
C. Gerod Harris
as University Friend
Chipo Chung
as University Friend
Lolly Susi
as Airport Check-In Lady
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Critic Reviews for Proof

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (48)

It's that breed of verbal swordplay that so impresses on stage while seeming so redundant and brittle on screen.

January 16, 2018 | Full Review…

... Proof seems like no more than a fraction of a cinematic experience, a string of emotional calculations that fails to provide a satisfying solution.

September 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

November 25, 2006
Top Critic

A subtle, slow-burning mystery that does justice to its themes of identity, sanity and sacrifice.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

An elegant adaptation to the screen, with the play's qualities largely intact and great performances from Paltrow and Hope Davis, as her sister. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anthony Hopkins complete a dream cast.

March 17, 2006 | Full Review…

We are invited to believe that Hopkins, Paltrow and Gyllenhaal all have, in their various ways, alpha-brains. They look to me like they couldn't recite the three-times-table without smoke coming out of their ears.

February 11, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Proof

Paltrow shimmers and shines in this look at real inheritance, what the DNA leaves, as Pop (Hopkins, dynamite) is a math genius who, ummm, loses track, shall we say. Will the daughter follow in Pop's enormous footsteps ... in each and every way? Tension aplenty with a great supporting cast. Pretty damn good if you ask me.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


The daughter of a brilliant mathematician must convince her new beau and her domineering sister that she wrote an important mathematical document. We don't care about the proof, the film's main source of conflict; director John Madden knows few in the audience are smart enough to care about theoretical math and physics. So what's left? Proof has to compel us with the interpersonal drama Catherine's relationship with her dead father and her sister and boyfriend who grow to doubt her sanity. But from very early on, we know there's no reason to doubt Catherine, so we're left waiting for the film to catch up to the audience, and thus the film loses its reason to compel us to care about these characters. Gwyneth Paltrow, who conjures her Sylvia character in her depressive moments, occasionally gives us reason to pay attention to Catherine's struggles, but especially when she raises her voice, Catherine, in Paltrow's hands, comes off as annoyingly disinterested and unengaged with manic bouts of petulance. It's hard to like Paltrow, and it's even harder to be interested in Catherine. Overall, I found Proof to be structurally flawed, and the film's star certainly didn't shine.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


I cried when Jake Gyllenhaal didn't believe that Gwyneth Paltrow wrote the proof. So sue me. It was sad.

I love that you don't know where this movie is going until it gets there. I turned cold when Gwyneth Paltrow read out Anthony Hopkins' "proof."

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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