Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago
September 15, 2011

Barratier (Les Choristes) seems to be making a bid to be France's new master of sweet nostalgia with a musical bent.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 18, 2011

Destined to be one of the season's most energetic white elephants.

Don Groves
sbs.com.au
December 31, 2010

A tasty, tuneful Gallic confection.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
April 2, 2010

A simplistic, uncomplicated multi-storied exploration of the French depression.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason McKiernan
Filmcritic.com
August 11, 2009

big, overwrought melodrama that celebrates the joy of big, overwrought melodramas

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
June 15, 2009

A frothy concoction that thrives on the improvisational creativity found on a stage.

| Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
June 1, 2009

It is a musical comedy/drama set in another time and place that asks you to give yourself over... If you're willing to play along the result is magnifique.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
May 22, 2009

Elegant, reality-tinged silliness.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 20, 2009

It's clearly old-fashioned entertainment, and while the blue-hairs will dig it, I suspect many of us with brown, blonde, black or red hair will embrace it as well.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 15, 2009

A stereotypical 'little' French film that nevertheless comes wrapped in an awfully sweet package.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 8, 2009

Those who like their movies (a) cute and (b) in French will go oui, oui, oui all the way home after spending 120 minutes with this rose-tinted homage to the neighborhood music halls of France...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 8, 2009

You'll leave the theater feeling really, really good.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 8, 2009

This flaky French import can't stick to one story and can't find a way to resolve its myriad story lines in the proper fashion.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
May 7, 2009

Whimsical and toothless.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Renie Scolaro Mora
PopMatters
May 7, 2009

Paris 36 is ultimately about men and power.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 6, 2009

Oh my goodness, I didn't expect this: Paris 36 is The Muppet Show in, you know, Paris in 1936.

Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
May 1, 2009

Paris 36 is one of those exasperating movies which can't decide what it want to be and, as a result, ends up being not very much as all.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
May 1, 2009

It's a complete confection -- handsome, sentimental. In the end, it works as entertainment.

Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
May 1, 2009

Paris 36 is ill-conceived, predictable, overlong, flatly directed, over-acted, uninvolving, corny, riddled with trite music and smugly self-regarding. Not an unqualified success, one might say.

Des Partridge
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
May 1, 2009

Some of the musical numbers are way too elaborate to have been presented in a suburban music hall, but if you want reality, this isn't the movie you're looking for.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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