Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Reviews

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September 29, 2017
This uneven triptych features flawed female heroines whose woes are attributable to unstable or bland male partners and simple bad luck.
October 7, 2004
March 4, 2003
Miller's film is bold and hearty, but it's also a ham-fisted wallop to the senses.
February 24, 2003
Unless you're the sort of person who loves the fiction found in The New Yorker and smaller literary magazines, you'd better avoid Personal Velocity.
February 17, 2003
January 20, 2003
You can't really blame Miller for being in love with her own words, but this film is more like a slide show accompanied by an audio book than a movie.
January 17, 2003
One of the most highly-praised disappointments I've had the misfortune to watch in quite some time.
January 17, 2003
The whole comes across more like a Lifetime special than an insightful examination of the women's lives.
January 16, 2003
The whole film has this sneaky feel to it %u2013 as if the director is trying to dupe the viewer into taking it all as Very Important simply because the movie is ugly to look at and not a Hollywood product.
January 10, 2003
A stuffy bore, filled with amateurish psychological 'insights' that make it seem like a more-ambitious -- and infinitely more pretentious -- Lifetime channel cable movie.
January 3, 2003
Comes across like an audio book to which photos have been rather unnecessarily added.
December 21, 2002
Confuses its message with an ultimate desire to please, and contorting itself into an idea of expectation is the last thing any of these three actresses, nor their characters, deserve.
December 9, 2002
Ventimiglia yammers constantly about what the characters did, why they did it, and what they thought at the time and later.
December 9, 2002
The narrator, in a Herculean show of restraint, stops just short of reciting the dialogue for the assembled actresses. Insufferable.
December 6, 2002
A hit-and-miss affair.
December 6, 2002
Even with the explanatory voiceovers, these episodes feel truncated and unsatisfactory.
December 6, 2002
Velocity represents everything wrong with ''independent film'' as a commodified, sold-out concept on the American filmmaking scene.
December 5, 2002
Featuring decent to strong performances and stories, the film has its moments. Yet, the segmented/fragmented format undermines the effort, no matter the loose, connective theme.
December 5, 2002
Facile and simplistic, spurting out the same hyper-feminist platitudes that I thought had been long abandoned
December 5, 2002
The actors navigate tough characters through emotional mayhem with such intense determination it's a shame they're undercut by the intrusive voice-over.
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