Populaire Reviews

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 10, 2013
A clever movie of considerable wit and charm. Its only fault is that it could have been a bit shorter and benefitted from the trim. Still, it's time well spent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 26, 2013
It's neatly formatted, but if there's a message in the margins of this manuscript, "Populaire" doesn't spell it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 26, 2013
There is really no film to compare it to.
Matt Pais
RedEye
September 23, 2013
After all those words pounded onto the typewriter, this throwback finds a way to capture the big L in any language.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Best
Movie Talk
September 22, 2013
As if Mad Men had never happened, French romantic comedy Populaire takes a breezy, light-hearted approach to the late-1950s world of brooding male bosses and their demurely pretty secretaries.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 19, 2013
As romantic comedy it's uneven, but as an ode to something long gone, "Populaire" hits the right notes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 19, 2013
Even when there's tragedy around the turn, it doesn't matter. Populaire plays like a musical - you expect anyone, at any time, to break into song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2013
It works on a design porn level, but that's about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 18, 2013
It's a gorgeous picture that's highly amusing, allowing viewers to lose themselves in the fantasy of love, rivalry, and typing. Yes, typing. Any film that can make typewriters as cool as hot rods deserves a look.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 14, 2013
Never less than cute
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
September 13, 2013
[Populaire] does run through the expected paces with admirable style, with a glossy, Technicolor production design that sometimes makes it seem it might have been made in the '50s, not just set there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 13, 2013
There's a breezy throwback quality that adds a modest level of amusement and visual flair to this otherwise predictable French romantic comedy.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
September 13, 2013
A nice throwback, but less typing, please.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 12, 2013
Roinsard, who wrote his feature debut with Daniel Presley and Romain Compingt, is unabashedly in love with cheesy, cornball sentiment, which he dusts off and polishes to a fair-thee-well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2013
Is this remake really necessary? Maybe not, but to worry about that is to risk missing out on a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
September 12, 2013
Roinsard labors mightily to eke laughs and excitement out of '50s secretaries in Technicolor dresses, towering heels, and awkward hairdos hammering away at keyboards, with limited success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
September 12, 2013
This first-time feature from director Regis Roinsard explodes with color and fun as it resurrects the spirit and fashions of those Rock Hudson/Doris Day movies from the 1950s.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
[A] sweet but slight homage to the 50s and 60s.
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 12, 2013
"Populaire" is catnip for a certain breed of twee Francophile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
September 10, 2013
director Régis Roinsard makes his feature debut with this utterly adorable romantic comedy which feels like something right out of the 1950's without any annoying tongue-in-cheek irony.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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