The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Reviews

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Top Critic
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
November 30, 2009
I think there's something going on here that does feel novelistic, but it feels to me a little like real life. I think Penn makes it worth seeing.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
November 30, 2009
I was interested in the characters and situations, but I was not absorbed.
Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine
November 30, 2009
The only person left surprised as the credits roll and Lee rides off into the sunset with the man of her dreams is Lee herself. The rest of us could've left halfway through and told you that's exactly how the film would end.
Full Review | Original Score: 39/100
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 29, 2009
Unfocused, emotionally hollow and just mildly engaging despite exquisite cinematography and radiant performances by Robin Wright Penn, Blake Lively and Maria Bello.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 29, 2009
Miller never really fleshes out all of these colorful characters in her emotionally facile script, leaving the heavy lifting to the actors. Fortunately for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Wright is more than up to the challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 29, 2009
Pippa should be a career changer. Wright Penn's cards are finally on the table, and it looks like a full house.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 29, 2009
Pippa's crisis of guilt -- about troubled lives she couldn't fix and parts of her personality she rashly abandoned -- is ultimately swamped by Miller's own sketchy grasp of what's funny or heartbreaking or illuminating about her characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 29, 2009
Wright gives the title character a complexity and emotional shading often missing in this kind of ensemble comedy/drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 29, 2009
[It announces] that a very good actress is back and ready to start a new and interesting life of her own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
November 29, 2009
Takes the woman's perspective to both mock and sympathize with the old-fashioned notion of The Great Man's Wife, but with a woefully underused ensemble.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 27, 2009
Robin Wright Penn delivers the mature performance of her career as the title character in 'The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.'
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
November 25, 2009
Satisfying, mature drama examines a woman on the verge.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 25, 2009
In this densely populated ensemble piece, Reeves stands out as the only actor whose damaged character evokes sympathy and avoids cliché.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
November 25, 2009
This story of unpredictable second and third acts is a treat, a smart drama with flashes of comedy that keep you guessing...Wright's comic timing is adept.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 25, 2009
Adult children and friends watch nervously as Pippa reclaims a measure of spunk; too bad it all feels like one of those pharmaceutical ads for longer, healthier lifestyles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
November 25, 2009
It may be low-key and shallow, but middle-aged angst has never looked lovelier.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
November 24, 2009
The filmmaker is powerfully aided by Robin Wright Penn, who imbues Pippa with moving, quiet dignity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 24, 2009
Probes the midlife crisis of a caregiver who must decide what to do with her life when no one needs her anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
November 24, 2009
Wright is the miracle this picture needs, helping the material achieve an emotional tempo it wouldn't otherwise reach without her stellar contribution.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 24, 2009
For a movie about the unpredictability of life, Pippa Lee plays it awfully safe.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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