There is really no film to compare it to.
After all those words pounded onto the typewriter, this throwback finds a way to capture the big L in any language.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
As romantic comedy it's uneven, but as an ode to something long gone, "Populaire" hits the right notes.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: B+
Never less than cute
[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.
There's a breezy throwback quality that adds a modest level of amusement and visual flair to this otherwise predictable French romantic comedy.
A nice throwback, but less typing, please.
| Original Score: B
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.
Is this remake really necessary? Maybe not, but to worry about that is to risk missing out on a lot of fun.
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.
"Populaire" is catnip for a certain breed of twee Francophile.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Deft execution by Roinsard and his appealing cast make the film a solid, genially retro entertainment.
Populaire pays homage to the genre while bringing a modern sensibility (and a Rocky-esque training montage): A girl can have it all.
| Original Score: 7.8/10
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.
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.
Attractive performers, sparkling 1950's Technicolor, a lovely confection all around.
| Original Score: A-