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Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) Reviews

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May 7, 2009
Whimsical and toothless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 9, 2009
The movie otherwise lacks a certain energy, advances somewhat creakily through its plot and contains mostly obligatory surprises. Still, it's pleasant and amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 2, 2009
Despite its impressive production design and lively cinematography, Paris 36 feels mostly bland, uneven and contrived with only a few fleeting moments of palpable charm, poignancy and vivacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
April 17, 2009
It takes a light touch to do pastry well, and Paris 36 was made with a heavy hand.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2009
A superficial, clichéd jumble that illustrates what might happen if you threw Moulin Rouge and Amélie into the same high-speed blender.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 1, 2009
Paris 36 is one of those exasperating movies which can't decide what it want to be and, as a result, ends up being not very much as all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
May 1, 2009
Paris 36 is ill-conceived, predictable, overlong, flatly directed, over-acted, uninvolving, corny, riddled with trite music and smugly self-regarding. Not an unqualified success, one might say.
April 10, 2009
The film is scrubbed and squeaky clean, with no nuance, poetry or personality -- and plenty of foreshadowing and explanation just in case audiences aren't following.
October 18, 2008
Many stale plot devices are recycled.
January 30, 2009
The phrase that comes to mind is cinéma de papa, the term used by the nouvelle vague to decry the bland, old-fashioned movies against which they rebelled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 9, 2009
In the clumsy hands of Barratier, whose last film, The Chorus, irked many as maudlin, Paris 36 becomes a mostly pointless exercise in nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 3, 2009
Mr. Barratier, in trying to evoke the great French films of the 1930s and '40s, mistakes their elegant clarity for simple-mindedness and treats his material and his audience with condescension.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
April 10, 2009
Somehow its value is never communicated to the audience in a felt way. Or maybe that's simply the crucial aspect of Paris 36 that didn't make it safely across the Atlantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 3, 2009
While Paris 36 may be too sweet and nostalgic to rank high on many critics' lists, Barratier's optimistic storytelling should generate strong word-of-mouth from audiences who remember watching and liking The Chorus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 24, 2009
Essentially a pastiche, as musty as a flea market.
April 30, 2009
If you're a Francophile, it may be worth a look. But it's no Moulin Rouge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2009
Very disappointing...a set so phony that it robs the film of the '30s Parisian ambience it advertises... (T)he characters lack verisimilitude, as does the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
January 30, 2009
Paris 36 is an indigestible hunk of gooey French cheese.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 23, 2009
Paris 36 is a handsomely made French musical that never really soars.
May 8, 2009
Those who like their movies (a) cute and (b) in French will go oui, oui, oui all the way home after spending 120 minutes with this rose-tinted homage to the neighborhood music halls of France...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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