Populaire Reviews

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Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com
September 10, 2013
Deft execution by Roinsard and his appealing cast make the film a solid, genially retro entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
September 9, 2013
Populaire pays homage to the genre while bringing a modern sensibility (and a Rocky-esque training montage): A girl can have it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.8/10
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
September 6, 2013
A genial, knowing throwback-a reminder of that stylish, half-imaginary era that thrived in Hollywood before Mad Men came along and pickled it in gin.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
September 6, 2013
The fabulous retro look and joie de vivre of this French lark are so infectious, it's easy to forgive its fatal flaw: Watching someone type is just not that interesting.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 5, 2013
Attractive performers, sparkling 1950's Technicolor, a lovely confection all around.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 5, 2013
"Populaire" tells the kind of transcendentally silly fairy tale that has long been a French cinematic specialty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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September 5, 2013
While Populaire would still have suffered from being overlong and overfamiliar, a smoother leading man could have done much to boost the intended Cary Grant vibe.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 5, 2013
The less seriously the genial French comedy "Populaire" takes itself, the more amusing it is. Fortunately, with small exceptions, this film doesn't take itself very seriously at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
September 5, 2013
Populaire is a featherweight trifle held aloft by elegant production design, a breezy tone, and the enduring if superficial pleasures of watching beautiful people in beautiful costumes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 5, 2013
When things change to a rom-com template, things get slightly more rote, but in everything from film stock to (slightly overactive) score, "Populaire" is a nice shift to another time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 5, 2013
Only those unversed in frothy, Weinstein-approved confections will wonder where Populaire is headed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
September 4, 2013
Like biting into a stale cupcake, Populaire is all decoration, no substance.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
September 3, 2013
That clack-clack-clacking sound you hear is the pressing of the keys by the millions of screenwriters who've come up with similar high-concept comedy templates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jon Frosch
Village Voice
September 3, 2013
Roinsard's feature-length debut is visually sharp, with period design that's eye-catching without being fussy or fetishistic. Too bad there's not much going on beneath the surface.
Lee Marshall
Screen International
September 3, 2013
Somehow managing to combine the peppiness of a Doris Day with the sulky intensity of a Noomi Rapace, Deborah Francois is a revelation.
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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
September 3, 2013
A colorful and impeccably styled romantic comedy that manages to turn the speed-typing competitions of the 1950s into entertaining cinematic fodder.
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2013
Regis Roinsard's impressive debut is a love letter to 50s filmmaking, but one that lacks a real heart.
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
September 1, 2013
Candy-colored to a potentially cavity-causing degree, the film is a bubbly regurgitation of retrograde romantic comedy tropes and reactionary sexual politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 7, 2013
Even if it's ultimately little more than a frothy bit of fun, there are elements that stick with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 3, 2013
A cute, glamorous and 'qwerky' French fancy that features a delightful performance from Deborah Francois, but it's overshadowed by a Gallic inferiority complex.
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