The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Reviews

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August 5, 2019
There is an episodic quality to the film that doesn't quite work, but Robin Wright Penn's strong central performance and Miller's capable screenplay deftly navigate the familiar trajectory of the story.
April 4, 2011
August 12, 2010
A feel-good film, both disconcerting and rewarding on all fronts.
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.
February 5, 2010
... for once in a [Rebecca] Miller film, the chuckles are generally intentional ...
January 22, 2010
Penn is such an intelligent performer that it's easy for us to believe everyone else in the film sees a different side -- a different life -- of the enigmatic Pippa Lee -- and that there are still many other sides to this fascinating character...
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.
December 25, 2009
Robin Wright Penn gives an award-caliber performance in the title role of a woman trying to find her place in the scheme of things after moving with her older husband to a retirement village in suburban Connecticut.
December 15, 2009
All the midnight bulimic binges, suicide attempts, sleepwalking, marital chicanery, and little pills don't mean a thing compared to the thrill of being a middle-aged woman sneaking through the bedroom window like a teenager in heat.
December 12, 2009
Just as The Twilight Saga: New Moon taps into to the sexual yearnings and psychic disturbances of pubescent girls, so does The Private Lives of Pippa Lee for the perimenopausal crowd.
December 11, 2009
Perhaps "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" might have been a stronger film had it focused on a single private life instead of a cornucopia of them.
December 4, 2009
Penn is the best thing about the movie.
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.
December 1, 2009
A heart felt effort but too slow to be called completely entertaining. Plenty of time to think in between crises.
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.
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.
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.
November 29, 2009
Wright gives the title character a complexity and emotional shading often missing in this kind of ensemble comedy/drama.
November 29, 2009
[It announces] that a very good actress is back and ready to start a new and interesting life of her own.
November 27, 2009
Robin Wright Penn delivers the mature performance of her career as the title character in 'The Private Lives of Pippa Lee.'
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