The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

2009

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Critics Consensus

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.

69%

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Total Count: 74

50%

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User Ratings: 17,861
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From all outward appearances, Pippa Lee leads a charmed existence. She is the devoted wife of an accomplished publisher 30 years her senior, the proud mother of two grown children, and a trusted friend and confidant to all who cross her path. But as Pippa dutifully follows her husband to a new life in a staid Connecticut retirement community, her idyllic world and the persona she has built over the course of her marriage will be put to the ultimate test. In truth, looks are deceiving, and this picture-perfect woman has seen more than her fair share of turmoil in her youth.

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Critic Reviews for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (22)

  • 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.

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

    Ian Buckwalter

    NPR
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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.

    Feb 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.

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

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

    Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • Miller has created a witty satire about society and relationships that is both funny and heartbreaking, delivered by a first-rate cast.

    Dec 4, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | 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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