The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 2009

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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Reverential and offbeat, the road trip film Private lives of Pippa Lee takes emotional detours and is elevated by great performances, particularly that of Robin Wright-Penn.

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Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) is a middle-aged woman married to a much older man named Herb (Alan Arkin), a celebrated publisher. After she and Herb move to a retirement community, Pippa's troubled past bubbles to the surface. Though a neighbor's son (Keanu Reeves) acts as her confidante, Pippa slowly inches toward a nervous breakdown.

Cast & Crew

Winona Ryder
Sandra Dulles
Maria Bello
Suky Sarkissian
Zoe Kazan
Grace Lee
Ryan James McDonald
Ben Lee
Blake Lively
Pippa at 16
Rebecca Miller
Screenwriter
Brad Pitt
Executive Producer
Jean-Luc De Fanti
Executive Producer
Jeff Sagansky
Executive Producer
Declan Quinn
Cinematographer
Sabine Hoffmann
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Critic Reviews for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (53) | Rotten (23)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 4, 2010 | Rating: 7.1/10 | Full Review…

    Ian Buckwalter

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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.

    February 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/4
  • 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.

    January 15, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Awkward in ways both intended and not.

    December 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • By turns antic, frantic, and dull, Pippa Lee is unconvincing -- emotionally, dramatically, filmically.

    December 4, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

  • Jan 22, 2012
    Very good movie which, I have to admit, I sat there bored through for the first 40 minutes. It was only when it got to the scene with the first wife that I started to understand the events that had shaped this dull-on-the- surface married woman. Blake Lively is excellent as the younger Pippa, as is Robin Wright as the older one. I really wished I had paid more attention by the end, I think this one deserves a rewatch and is the kind of movie that will grow on you as you find yourself thinking of it the next day. Subtle, but beautifully done.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2010
    The performances are the only reason to check out this film. It needed a rewrite. It kind of reminded me of the film, The Hours. I didn't like the style of this film. The film is well casted and everyone delivers.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2010
    Loved the process... very interesting storyline and great acting from everyone.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2010
    I have to say I thought this would be quite an awful movie and I only decided to watch it as I am a Keanu Reeves fan. I had no idea either why this seemed to miss cinemas here in Thailand but I have to say that I was pleasantly suprised by this movie. I will not bore you with the plot but suffice to say that it was engaging from start to finish with good acting and a strong feeling that there is happiness out there for everyone. Highly recommended.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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