The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Reviews

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Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2010
A feel-good film, both disconcerting and rewarding on all fronts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
July 4, 2010
As a woman under the influence of everyone but herself, Pippa often feels lost when she's on her own - a blank slate with no one holding a chalk - Robin Wright Penn allows us to get to know a character who still doesn't really know herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.1/10
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 26, 2010
There's a deliberate quality to the storytelling that makes the movie drag in many scenes; and yet, numerous characters flit by that we don't have time to really meet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 5, 2010
... for once in a [Rebecca] Miller film, the chuckles are generally intentional ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
January 22, 2010
Penn is such an intelligent performer that it's easy for us to believe everyone else in the film sees a different side -- a different life -- of the enigmatic Pippa Lee -- and that there are still many other sides to this fascinating character...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 21, 2010
The movie has the busy-aimless feeling of a cocktail party rather than a rigorously constructed drama. Interesting people drift through, anecdotes are shared, attention shifts here and there, and abruptly it's time to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
January 15, 2010
A superb performance by Robin Wright Penn illuminates Rebecca Miller's intelligent and revealing look at the inner wild child beneath a 50-ish Connecticut matron.
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
December 25, 2009
Robin Wright Penn gives an award-caliber performance in the title role of a woman trying to find her place in the scheme of things after moving with her older husband to a retirement village in suburban Connecticut.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
December 15, 2009
All the midnight bulimic binges, suicide attempts, sleepwalking, marital chicanery, and little pills don't mean a thing compared to the thrill of being a middle-aged woman sneaking through the bedroom window like a teenager in heat.
Beverly Berning
culturevulture.net
December 12, 2009
Just as The Twilight Saga: New Moon taps into to the sexual yearnings and psychic disturbances of pubescent girls, so does The Private Lives of Pippa Lee for the perimenopausal crowd.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
December 12, 2009
The movie holds your interest with a series of loosely connected episodes, but leaves you in a frozen and distant state.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 11, 2009
Provides a nice role for Robin Wright Penn, but it's a film in search of a tone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
December 11, 2009
Perhaps "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" might have been a stronger film had it focused on a single private life instead of a cornucopia of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 11, 2009
The results are honorable but not terribly interesting.
| Original Score: 2/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 4, 2009
Penn is the best thing about the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 4, 2009
Awkward in ways both intended and not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 4, 2009
By turns antic, frantic, and dull, Pippa Lee is unconvincing -- emotionally, dramatically, filmically.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 4, 2009
Miller has created a witty satire about society and relationships that is both funny and heartbreaking, delivered by a first-rate cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 1, 2009
A heart felt effort but too slow to be called completely entertaining. Plenty of time to think in between crises.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michelle Orange
Movieline
December 1, 2009
If anything the film suffers, appropriately if unfortunately enough, from being too eager to please.
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