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Private Life Reviews

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December 6, 2018
Private Life tackles worthy feminist issues about raising a family and sacrificing your career, but it is also too overlong and meandering to have any true resonance.
January 28, 2019
It's a grown-up, patient look at infertility that, even enchanting here and there, misses that little spark that leads to the heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2018
Instead of offering a probing, nuanced view of the burgeoning technologies and sciences involved in this relatively new outgrowth of the OBGYN industry, though, Tamara Jenkins uses her setting as fodder for lame and discomfiting physical comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 19, 2018
Jenkins has a vision and something interesting to say in Private Life, but it needs some serious editing to convey it succinctly.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 8, 2018
Scenes of painful turmoil play like skillful script readings rather than life events.
October 2, 2018
Frustration is not an emotion I seek out when I go to the movies. For all of the heartache going on in Private Life, as a narrative journey it winds up traveling approximately a quarter of an inch.
July 17, 2020
In her third feature film, Jenkins crafted a story filled with drama and warm humor. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 23, 2020
The film is filled with dark humor and rich emotion.
August 21, 2019
Private Life is an existential rollercoaster, and only barely about a baby. (It's more like Waiting for Godot!)
August 19, 2019
Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn bring their best to Tamara Jenkins' Netflix dramedy, Private Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
May 18, 2019
'There's no place like home' can be an inchoate message, but here it feels both disarmingly authentic and warmly humane.
January 29, 2020
Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn break out all the acting stops to play a hipster Lower East Side couple who put off getting pregnant until it's too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 20, 2018
The way Jenkins pulls down the curtains or rather pulls up the scroll of what's clearly a deeply personal work is just beautiful.
January 7, 2019
The story is far from universal, and the characters will fail to elicit much sympathy from those who haven't experienced similar issues, but this is a well written film that's worth watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 18, 2020
Jenkins' writing and directing feels more fruitful when it veers more toward the dramatic and avoids the contrived, screwball machinations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 3, 2018
The balanced and grounded characters that populate Private Life draw us into their lives and their struggles, thanks to the keen eye of a talented filmmaker like Tamara Jenkins.
July 22, 2019
Utilizing some familiar personality types we've seen from Jenkins' celebrated filmography, this two-hour plus melodrama offers several moments of poignance thanks to nuanced performances from the ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 8, 2018
Biting humour, big love and an understanding, compassionate view of human nature = touching.
October 5, 2018
Private Life will stand as one of the high points of Giamatti and Hahn's respective careers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 10, 2018
In its commitment to documenting the specificities of its characters' lives and their ongoing struggles, the film takes on a sprawling quality. If you follow the movements and digressions over a long period of time, you'll be rewarded.
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