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Private Peaceful Reviews

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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
October 31, 2014
It's an earnest interpretation of familiar themes.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Los Angeles Times
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.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
October 30, 2014
A World War I fable that's as stiff as an Eton collar and as plodding as a draft horse.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
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
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Serena Donadoni
Village Voice
October 28, 2014
O'Connor captures all the beauty of these rural childhoods without skimping on the harsh realities of 20th-century feudalism.
Kam Williams
Baret News
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
Aaron Yap
Flicks.co.nz
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
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
Philip French
Observer (UK)
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.
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
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
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 12, 2012
The performances are admirable and the intentions unimpeachable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
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
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
October 11, 2012
It plods along with seemingly no concern for holding our interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
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
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
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
Hugh Langley
Little White Lies
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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