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Private Peaceful Reviews

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October 31, 2014
It's an earnest interpretation of familiar themes.
October 31, 2014
Melancholy runs deep in "Private Peaceful," a richly appointed British period piece about fraternal loyalty adapted from the book of the same name by "War Horse" author Michael Morpurgo.
October 30, 2014
A World War I fable that's as stiff as an Eton collar and as plodding as a draft horse.
October 30, 2014
A long, long, trail a-winding, to be sure. But fans of PBS, history and a certain kind of old-fashioned moviemaking may fall in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 29, 2014
By modestly embracing its inherent minimalism and finding the emotions underlying even the most schematic of scenarios, the film taps into something unmistakably human.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 28, 2014
O'Connor captures all the beauty of these rural childhoods without skimping on the harsh realities of 20th-century feudalism.
October 27, 2014
Trench warfare as the backdrop for a tawdry love triangle about as incestuous as it gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 18, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 31, 2012
The ending is dynamite and will shock children just as much as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 13, 2012
It's perhaps more TV than cinema, but O'Connor directs with a firm hand, and children will learn valuable lessons from it.
October 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2012
The performances are admirable and the intentions unimpeachable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2012
Class conflict, broken hearts, self-sacrifice and the muddy, senseless folly of war are all lightly touched upon in a starchy, old-fashioned drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 12, 2012
Essentially conventional in his approach, director Pat O'Connor has delivered a mostly faithful and moving account of Morpurgo's fine book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 11, 2012
It plods along with seemingly no concern for holding our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 11, 2012
Private Peaceful is a clichéd study of two brothers going to war: Rolf Harris's Two Little Boys, minus the music.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 11, 2012
O'Connor shows his old-school expertise in the charming country childhood sequences, where the film feels most individual and alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2012
Private Peaceful is a small-scale story in essence, which works efficiently on the non-epic scale in which it's presented.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 11, 2012
Minor pacing gripes aside, this is a moving tale about humanity's darkest depths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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