Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Reviews

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December 2, 2002
I read the short stories by Rebecca Miller, and she did a wonderful job of bringing these stories to the screen.
November 29, 2002
A movie that sets certain strict parameters for itself in terms of time, dramatic focus and technique, and then works modest but striking wonders within those self-imposed limitations.
November 29, 2002
A drama that HBO would be proud to present on cable -- a drama that's often insightful and occasionally powerful but is still, at heart, a piece of television and not a work of film.
November 27, 2002
In a way, it plays like a dated feminist tract, one of those works that wants to show women making tough decisions and being emotionally resilient, but is at root about them being screwed over by men.
November 26, 2002
A movie that at its best doesn't just make the most out of its characters' flaws but insists on the virtue of imperfection.
November 22, 2002
Woefully pretentious.
November 22, 2002
Intelligent chick flick.
November 22, 2002
Personal Velocity has a no-frills docu-Dogma plainness, yet Miller lingers on invisible, nearly psychic nuances, leaping into digressions of memory and desire. She boxes these women's souls right open for us.
November 21, 2002
Even when the movie is over, the psychological physics of Personal Velocity will remain in your head.
November 19, 2002
The stories lean toward self-importance, and used verbatim in heavy voice-over, they register as a parody of spareness.
November 19, 2002
Even on those rare occasions when the narrator stops yammering, Miller's hand often feels unsure.
November 18, 2002
The acting is uniformly excellent, with Kyra Sedgwick and Fairuza Balk in particular deserving to be singled out for praise.
August 21, 2002
In this involving film of three decidedly different women, filmmaker Rebecca Miller has distilled some gripping character portraits.
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