The Private Lives of Pippa Lee - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Reviews

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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
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
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
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
November 22, 2009
Pippa Lee is conceived as a portrait of a woman's long-delayed emotional blossoming, but its dopey, privileged-set fantasy winds up as obvious as crawling through Keanu's open window.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 22, 2009
"The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" doesn't know whether it's a drama, a comedy, or a random slice-of-life expose. Neither will you.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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
July 10, 2009
It's disappointing that a film that starts out explicitly stating its intentions to unpick an enigma ends up continually re-presenting us with a beautiful cipher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
November 30, 2009
I was interested in the characters and situations, but I was not absorbed.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 10, 2009
It's all very slender stuff and very hard to care about the characters, most of whom whine rather than speak their lines. All in all, it's a life that should have stayed private.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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
July 10, 2009
With the drama swinging from moments of melancholic contemplation to outright hysteria, it's hard to tell if this is supposed to be funny, sad, poignant or glib.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 10, 2009
A hugely overegged pudding of a film. It's an indulgent, complacent family comedy-drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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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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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