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Private Life Reviews

October 26, 2018
Private Life [is] such an affecting-and ultimately devastating-work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2018
This lived-in and often-hilarious drama is a richly rewarding experience -and features a whopper of a closing shot.
October 10, 2018
Jenkins has produced a small gem - an unassuming and surprisingly profound motion picture that touches on primal motivations and instincts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 8, 2018
Perhaps most importantly, it's a reminder that Tamara Jenkins is a vital voice in a landscape that's become increasingly, painfully unfriendly to what she does best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 8, 2018
Scenes of painful turmoil play like skillful script readings rather than life events.
October 8, 2018
The film gets a lot of mileage out of the quotidian parts of New York City life, from the Wild Nova at Russ and Daughters to opposite side of the street parking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 5, 2018
"Private Life" gives us an intrusive and often funny look into a couple's struggle to conceive. If only director Tamara Jenkins' dramedy stayed as grounded as its relatable premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 5, 2018
This film is a reminder that the smallness of life can feel huge when we're in the middle of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 5, 2018
What an intelligent, emotionally grown-up film. More of this please.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2018
The struggle to conceive isn't a new subject, but this comedy drama highlights its fraughtness and absurdity via a perceptive, often hilarious script and two hugely likeable leads in Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 4, 2018
In Richard [director Tamara] Jenkins has created a role that fits Mr. Giamatti, who has always been great at comic gloom, like a glove that should have been one size larger.
Top Critic
October 4, 2018
Jenkins has made a film about marriage and family and personhood, catching Rachel and Richard at a time in their lives where something is missing, and a child just seems like that crucial piece of the puzzle.
October 4, 2018
Even as Jenkins brings out the angst, her inner comic strategist remains hard at work, building sly jokes into the edge of the frame; she has a talent for rendering comedy and tragedy virtually indistinguishable.
October 4, 2018
"Private Life" earns its laughs, to be sure. But more important, it earns the tears of recognition that fall, gently and warmly, between the yuks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 4, 2018
It's about love, and pain, and marriage, and friendship, and family. And it's also about enduring, about picking yourself up over and over and over, in the eternal hope that something beautiful is waiting around the corner.
October 4, 2018
"Private Life" shows considerable skill on the part of Jenkins, who creates the illusion that we're only incidentally watching a movie, that we're really just hanging out with some nice people and seeing how their lives work out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 4, 2018
In its busy closing stretch, there is a fine group portrait of characters coming to terms with the difference between what they might never be and what they can be for each other.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 4, 2018
Someone once said that life is what happens while you're making other plans. This movie is about the plans that happen while you're trying to make another life.
October 3, 2018
Jenkins has a delicate, wry touch with the dialogue, and her cast volleys it back and forth beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2018
It's about perseverance, compassion, and empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 1, 2018
Private Life is a deeply personal - perhaps even invasive - look at the challenges facing one privileged, artsy New York couple...played perfectly by Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti.
June 28, 2018
Private Life miraculously gifts the viewer an empathetic lens to a painful battle, usually whispered, rarely openly discussed.
January 20, 2018
Jenkins' writing underlines the fundamental instability at the heart of all our lives, while proposing that most universal of remedies: empathy, love.
Top Critic
January 20, 2018
Plainly, painfully personal.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 20, 2018
This is a story you'll want to watch to its exquisitely compassionate ending: a wordless final-credits aria that, as with Michael Clayton and Call Me by Your Name, speaks volumes about the nature of minute-to-minute emotional survival.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 19, 2018
The geometry of this strange triangle is always in flux, but it's always raw and engaging to watch the Grimes weigh the life they want to create against the ones they're in the process of living.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 19, 2018
There are elements on the fringe of Private Life (a few supporting performances, the 127-minute length, a couple of sitcomish turns), that keep it from connecting as much I wanted, but the work by Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn always holds it together.
January 19, 2018
They're such interesting people, and the person telling their story cares enough to make them real.
January 19, 2018
Most of this stuff is sharply, at times squeamishly, funny, though the laughter also catches in our throats, since "Private Life" is built around a core of heartbreak.