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Proof Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

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

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In Proof, Paltrow plays yet another young woman who is being gnawed at by termites of instability, only this time out, her performance, rather than startling, is merely competent: earnest and overly familiar.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

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

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Sometimes insightful, sometimes banal. Teens+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes discussion of suicide and insanity. With the focus on conflicts within a family -- between father and daughter, and between two sisters -- the film includes several tense scenes, arguments, and tearful recriminations. It also features some cursing, a brief and gently rendered love scene, and references to drugs (medical treatments as well as illicit drugs). Characters smoke and drink.

  • Families can talk about the relationships among family members -- two sisters and, in flashbacks, father and daughter. How do these relationships affect one another, as the sisters compete for the father's memory? You might also consider the movie's questions about insanity and brilliance: how are these subjective states connected or different, and also determined by social as well as medical standards?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Characters wrestle with difficult issues (how to determine insanity and sanity), but all mean well.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Discussion of suicide.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some conversation about sex, a brief, sweetly imaged sex scene.

  • language false3

    Language: Some cursing, including f-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking and smoking (at a post-funeral party attended by academics), some discussion of drugs (prescribed and illicit).