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Private Peaceful (2012)


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PRIVATE PEACEFUL is the classic rites of passage story of two brothers and the exuberance and pain of their teenage love for the same girl, the pressures of their feudal family life, the horrors and folly of war and the ultimate price of courage and cowardice. PRIVATE PEACEFUL is set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, giving us a heart-breaking glimpse of the way we once lived - and still die.


Art House & International, Drama

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (7)

O'Connor shows his old-school expertise in the charming country childhood sequences, where the film feels most individual and alive.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A cliché-ridden, thoroughly forgettable, at times just plain dull affair, with broad characterisations and musty plot turns that would seem embarrassing even on TV - where it ideally belongs.

July 18, 2013 Full Review Source:

The ending is dynamite and will shock children just as much as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

October 31, 2012 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

It's perhaps more TV than cinema, but O'Connor directs with a firm hand, and children will learn valuable lessons from it.

October 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The filmmakers tell this World War I story beautifully, but they never quite bring it to life as a proper movie. By taking a gently simplistic approach, it never feels like anything new as it deals with the usual topics of battlefield camaraderie.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source:

The performances are admirable and the intentions unimpeachable.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Class conflict, broken hearts, self-sacrifice and the muddy, senseless folly of war are all lightly touched upon in a starchy, old-fashioned drama.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The story is told with a flashback structure which was rather nimbler on the page than it is here, and much of the dialogue grants the characters uncanny powers of foresight.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Essentially conventional in his approach, director Pat O'Connor has delivered a mostly faithful and moving account of Morpurgo's fine book.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It plods along with seemingly no concern for holding our interest.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Private Peaceful is a clichéd study of two brothers going to war: Rolf Harris's Two Little Boys, minus the music.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

Private Peaceful is a small-scale story in essence, which works efficiently on the non-epic scale in which it's presented.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian

Minor pacing gripes aside, this is a moving tale about humanity's darkest depths.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The lacklustre landscapes are all of a wash with the watercolour performances and pallidly portentous tableaux of war and peace.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

If there is something a little old-fashioned and televisual about the film's family-friendly handling of its subject, the filmmakers' restraint ensures that the story remains quietly moving.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Pat O'Connor gives the story a sturdy if rather old-fashioned treatment.

October 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Scotsman

With the feel of prestige telly, it's nicely done, sweet and moving.

October 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's left to the leads to keep us engaged, a tall order given their film's old-fashioned, fusty feel.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

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