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Private Life (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Private Life uses one couple's bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily identifiable - and too rarely dramatized - rite of adult passage.

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The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly funny and moving story of Richard (Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a couple in the throes of infertility who try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the insular world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. After the emotional and economic upheaval of in vitro fertilization, they're at the end of their middle-aged rope, but when Sadie (breakout newcomer Kayli Carter), a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, things begin to look up.

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Jenkins has produced a small gem - an unassuming and surprisingly profound motion picture that touches on primal motivations and instincts.

October 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

October 8, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Scenes of painful turmoil play like skillful script readings rather than life events.

October 8, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

October 8, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

"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.

October 5, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This film is a reminder that the smallness of life can feel huge when we're in the middle of it.

October 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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