The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for sexual content, brief nudity, some drug material and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Rebecca Miller
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 2, 2010
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as Pippa Lee

as Young Pippa

as Herb Lee

as Chris Nadeau

as Suky Sarkissian

as Grace Lee

as Sandra Dulles

as Sam Shapiro
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Critic Reviews for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

All Critics (75) | Top Critics (19)

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… | July 4, 2010
Top Critic

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… | February 26, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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… | January 21, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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… | January 15, 2010
Top Critic

Awkward in ways both intended and not.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

By turns antic, frantic, and dull, Pippa Lee is unconvincing -- emotionally, dramatically, filmically.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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 Marie

Super Reviewer

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee works as an involving high-end soap, the strong performances, writing and fractured chronology easing us past the more melodramatic twists.
Robin Wright performs naturally and makes her character hold more depth and presence then was imaginable. And Blake Lively performs her part so beautifully.
Believe me about Winona Ryder's character does remind me and looked familiar to her 1999's Girl, Interrupted character role - so impressive!

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Loved the process... very interesting storyline and great acting from everyone.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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