• 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

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

September 7, 2011
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
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
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
Michael Phillips
At the Movies
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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.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 30, 2009
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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I was interested in the characters and situations, but I was not absorbed.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 30, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

November 29, 2009
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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Pippa should be a career changer. Wright Penn's cards are finally on the table, and it looks like a full house.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 29, 2009
Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 29, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Wright gives the title character a complexity and emotional shading often missing in this kind of ensemble comedy/drama.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

November 29, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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[It announces] that a very good actress is back and ready to start a new and interesting life of her own.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 29, 2009
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
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In this densely populated ensemble piece, Reeves stands out as the only actor whose damaged character evokes sympathy and avoids cliché.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 25, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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 Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 25, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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For a movie about the unpredictability of life, Pippa Lee plays it awfully safe.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

November 24, 2009
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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On a scene-by-scene basis, though, it's classily effective, mainly because of Wright Penn's skill in nailing the precise tenor of every moment.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

July 10, 2009
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