The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"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."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"A feel-good film, both disconcerting and rewarding on all fronts."
‑ Perri Nemiroff,
"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."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The movie holds your interest with a series of loosely connected episodes, but leaves you in a frozen and distant state."
‑ Keith Cohen, Entertainment Spectrum
"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."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Awkward in ways both intended and not."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"... for once in a [Rebecca] Miller film, the chuckles are generally intentional ..."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"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."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Provides a nice role for Robin Wright Penn, but it's a film in search of a tone."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"By turns antic, frantic, and dull, Pippa Lee is unconvincing -- emotionally, dramatically, filmically."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"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..."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"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."
‑ Beverly Berning,
"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."
‑ Dan Lybarger,
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