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Populaire Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

There is really no film to compare it to.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

September 26, 2013
Matt Pais

After all those words pounded onto the typewriter, this throwback finds a way to capture the big L in any language.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 23, 2013
Jason Best
Movie Talk

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

September 22, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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As romantic comedy it's uneven, but as an ode to something long gone, "Populaire" hits the right notes.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 19, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

September 19, 2013
Brian Orndorf

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 Source: | Original Score: B+

September 18, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Never less than cute

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3/4

September 14, 2013
Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
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[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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 13, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

There's a breezy throwback quality that adds a modest level of amusement and visual flair to this otherwise predictable French romantic comedy.

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September 13, 2013
James Verniere
Boston Herald

A nice throwback, but less typing, please.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: B

September 13, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2013
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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Is this remake really necessary? Maybe not, but to worry about that is to risk missing out on a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

September 12, 2013
Dann Gire
Daily Herald (IL)

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.

Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)

September 12, 2013
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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"Populaire" is catnip for a certain breed of twee Francophile.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 12, 2013
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

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 Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B+

September 10, 2013
Godfrey Cheshire

Deft execution by Roinsard and his appealing cast make the film a solid, genially retro entertainment.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 10, 2013
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 7.8/10

September 9, 2013
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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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.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

September 6, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post

September 6, 2013
Harvey S. Karten

Attractive performers, sparkling 1950's Technicolor, a lovely confection all around.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: A-

September 5, 2013
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