The Private Lives of Pippa Lee - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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July 4, 2010
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 | Original Score: 7.1/10
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 26, 2010
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 21, 2010
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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January 15, 2010
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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 4, 2009
Awkward in ways both intended and not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 4, 2009
By turns antic, frantic, and dull, Pippa Lee is unconvincing -- emotionally, dramatically, filmically.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 4, 2009
Miller has created a witty satire about society and relationships that is both funny and heartbreaking, delivered by a first-rate cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
November 30, 2009
I think there's something going on here that does feel novelistic, but it feels to me a little like real life. I think Penn makes it worth seeing.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
November 30, 2009
I was interested in the characters and situations, but I was not absorbed.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 29, 2009
Miller never really fleshes out all of these colorful characters in her emotionally facile script, leaving the heavy lifting to the actors. Fortunately for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Wright is more than up to the challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 29, 2009
Pippa should be a career changer. Wright Penn's cards are finally on the table, and it looks like a full house.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
November 29, 2009
Pippa's crisis of guilt -- about troubled lives she couldn't fix and parts of her personality she rashly abandoned -- is ultimately swamped by Miller's own sketchy grasp of what's funny or heartbreaking or illuminating about her characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 29, 2009
Wright gives the title character a complexity and emotional shading often missing in this kind of ensemble comedy/drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 29, 2009
[It announces] that a very good actress is back and ready to start a new and interesting life of her own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
November 25, 2009
In this densely populated ensemble piece, Reeves stands out as the only actor whose damaged character evokes sympathy and avoids cliché.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 25, 2009
Adult children and friends watch nervously as Pippa reclaims a measure of spunk; too bad it all feels like one of those pharmaceutical ads for longer, healthier lifestyles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
November 24, 2009
For a movie about the unpredictability of life, Pippa Lee plays it awfully safe.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
July 10, 2009
On a scene-by-scene basis, though, it's classily effective, mainly because of Wright Penn's skill in nailing the precise tenor of every moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5