The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Reviews

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September 7, 2011
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 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.
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 4, 2009
Awkward in ways both intended and not.
December 4, 2009
By turns antic, frantic, and dull, Pippa Lee is unconvincing -- emotionally, dramatically, filmically.
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.
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 30, 2009
I was interested in the characters and situations, but I was not absorbed.
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
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.
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 25, 2009
In this densely populated ensemble piece, Reeves stands out as the only actor whose damaged character evokes sympathy and avoids cliché.
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.
November 24, 2009
For a movie about the unpredictability of life, Pippa Lee plays it awfully safe.
July 10, 2009
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee proves that The Ballad of Jack and Rose was no fluke and that Miller can produce work just as good as the best of recent American independent cinema.
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.
July 10, 2009
The lightly episodic script, the unfussy direction and the other heavyweight actors, Arkin especially, just about cover his tracks.
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