• R, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Rebecca Miller
    In Theaters:
    Nov 27, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 2, 2010
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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Reviews

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Perri Nemiroff

A feel-good film, both disconcerting and rewarding on all fronts.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2010
Ian Buckwalter
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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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 7.1/10

July 4, 2010
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 26, 2010
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... for once in a [Rebecca] Miller film, the chuckles are generally intentional ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

February 5, 2010
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

January 22, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 21, 2010
Jonathan F. Richards
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

January 15, 2010
Marc Mohan

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

December 25, 2009
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

December 15, 2009
Beverly Berning

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.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

December 12, 2009
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum

The movie holds your interest with a series of loosely connected episodes, but leaves you in a frozen and distant state.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 2/4

December 12, 2009
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Provides a nice role for Robin Wright Penn, but it's a film in search of a tone.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 11, 2009
Dan Lybarger

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 11, 2009
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

The results are honorable but not terribly interesting.

| Original Score: 2/4

December 11, 2009
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

Penn is the best thing about the movie.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 4, 2009
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Awkward in ways both intended and not.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 4, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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By turns antic, frantic, and dull, Pippa Lee is unconvincing -- emotionally, dramatically, filmically.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C-

December 4, 2009
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Miller has created a witty satire about society and relationships that is both funny and heartbreaking, delivered by a first-rate cast.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

December 4, 2009
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A heart felt effort but too slow to be called completely entertaining. Plenty of time to think in between crises.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

December 1, 2009
Michelle Orange

If anything the film suffers, appropriately if unfortunately enough, from being too eager to please.

Full Review Source: Movieline

December 1, 2009
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