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Populaire Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine

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 Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

September 1, 2013
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

Like biting into a stale cupcake, Populaire is all decoration, no substance.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

September 4, 2013
A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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Only those unversed in frothy, Weinstein-approved confections will wonder where Populaire is headed.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

September 5, 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.

Full Review Source: Film4

June 3, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It works on a design porn level, but that's about it.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 19, 2013
Cath Clarke
Time Out
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It's très chic and charming but a bit disappointing when you see where it's headed.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

May 29, 2013
Jon Frosch
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 3, 2013
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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[A] sweet but slight homage to the 50s and 60s.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 12, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's neatly formatted, but if there's a message in the margins of this manuscript, "Populaire" doesn't spell it out.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 26, 2013
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve

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 Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 5, 2013
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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 Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2013

Populaire ultimately feels too desperate to be a crowd pleaser to really satisfy as one.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

June 3, 2013
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London

Régis Roinsard's concoction is seriously artificial.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2013
Peter Bradshaw

You'll need to have a very sweet tooth for this, and it makes light of those difficult sexual politics that Mad Men attacked with such fierce satire.

Full Review Source: Guardian

May 30, 2013
Mark Jenkins
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

September 5, 2013
Peter Keough
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 12, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

Far more energetic, vibrant and exciting than a subtitled French film about typing in the late '50s has any right to be, Populaire is hugely charming and genuinely funny.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 4/5

February 15, 2013
Jessica Lambert
Little White Lies

Almost never hits a false key. A delight.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

May 30, 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
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
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