Private Peaceful
Private Peaceful (2014)

Private Peaceful tells the story of two devoted brothers who struggle through a harsh childhood and adolescence in rural Devon, England, before enlisting in the military for the First World War. They experience the brutal realities of the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 31, 2014
DVD Release Date: March 2, 2015
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Private Peaceful's deliberate pace will test the patience of many viewers, but its lush visuals and moving screenplay may offer sufficient compensation.

Michael Rechtshaffen
Los Angeles Times

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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Serena Donadoni
Village Voice

O'Connor captures all the beauty of these rural childhoods without skimping on the harsh realities of 20th-century feudalism.

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Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine

By modestly embracing its inherent minimalism and finding the emotions underlying even the most schematic of scenarios, the film taps into something unmistakably human.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

A World War I fable that's as stiff as an Eton collar and as plodding as a draft horse.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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

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Kam Williams
Baret News

Trench warfare as the backdrop for a tawdry love triangle about as incestuous as it gets.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

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.

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Todd Jorgenson

It's an earnest interpretation of familiar themes.

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Aaron Yap

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.

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