Conclusion: The strengths of 'The Private Lives of Pippa Lee' (and there are many - a superb cast with outstanding performances, a compelling lead character, genuine wit and insight into the human condition) sometimes wobble on a foundation of iffy direction from writer-director Rebecca Miller.
Excerpt: In one scene, someone calls Pippa Lee an enigma. She replies by saying, “To be perfectly honest, I've had enough of being an enigma. I want to be known." Well Pippa, don’t get ahead of yourself because it’s the enigmatic elements that make The Private Lives of Pippa Lee curiously ingenious.
Excerpt: Rebecca Lee Miller’s melodrama The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee —which she based on her own novel—is told from the perspective of the title character, a former free spirit who suffers a spell of sleepwalking and uses the incidents as impetus to look back at why she settled down in the first place.
Excerpt: "Pippa Lee" presents us with the familiar premise of a middle-aged life unravelling in the suburbs, re-worked by a smart and assertive script. This engaging and insightful film centres on the theme of identity as a result of circumstance, with a raw and at times disarming honesty.