Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Image

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  • Summary: Based on Rebecca Miller's acclaimed book of short stories, this film tells three tales of women who have reached a turning point in their lives.


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  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Miller shows terrific talent as a director with a sharp eye for images, a keen ear for dialogue, and a refreshing willingness to take storytelling risks.
  2. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Everything and everyone is observed sharply, succinctly and indelibly.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Impresses with the originality of its observation, storytelling techniques and filmmaking style.
  4. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    It's not afraid to be funny, tragic and decidedly female.
  5. 63
    The movie's title refers to a comment about how people grow at their own rates. Miller's movie has its moments of impressive velocity, but it never quite takes off.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeff Stark
    The thing I took away from that opening was that it was small, and looked beautiful. There was some technique and a little confusion. It didn't seem to have a conflict all plotted out and neatly resolved. The thing I didn't like is that the rest of the movie did.
  7. 40
    Taken together, the stories are a watershed of feminist clichés, composed of half-hour sections that are too tidy by half, and overlaid with writerly voiceovers that suggest an author too enamored of her own narration. But one salvageable piece emerges in the middle: a sharp and acerbically funny segment that seems written specifically for Parker Posey.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4


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