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Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) Reviews

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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
April 24, 2009
Essentially a pastiche, as musty as a flea market.
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Mike Mayo
Washington Post
April 23, 2009
Paris 36 is a handsomely made French musical that never really soars.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 22, 2009
An utterly charming and sentimental French melodrama with music, a nostalgic look backstage and back in history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 16, 2009
Paris 36 is perhaps overlong for what it is, and it's certainly feather-light, but it gives its watcher an uncomplicated pleasure; like looking through a faded scrapbook, filled with memories once bright.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 16, 2009
The nicest that can be said of this unapologetically schmaltzy, and not unenjoyable, affair is that it is the best 1936 musical made in 2009.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 16, 2009
It's an overstuffed homage to a bygone style of show business rather than a vigorous piece of entertainment on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
Houston Chronicle
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
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Ethan Gilsdorf
Boston Globe
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
April 6, 2009
The film is deliberately old-fashioned in its approach; the story line is resolutely linear and the production values are deluxe. It all makes for a fairly enjoyable, if schematic, backstage extravaganza.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
April 3, 2009
An irresistible and impeccable period musical set against the political and economic turmoil of France in the mid-'30s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 3, 2009
A shamelessly melodramatic series of romantic, financial and political crises embroil a rundown music hall in Paris 36, a gleaming hunk of French period schmaltz expertly rendered by director Christophe Barratier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 3, 2009
Though unabashedly sentimental, Christophe Barratier's old-fashioned musical is so eager to please, even cynics may be seduced.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 2, 2009
A handsomely mounted but achingly undistinguished film from writer-director Christophe Barratier.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 1, 2009
The 'spicy' numbers have no dazzle, the actors mug like contestants in a Maurice Chevalier impersonation contest, and the plot is a drily indigestible wad of show-must-go-on preciousness and socialist sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
April 1, 2009
Assault by relentless accordion-playing, Paris 36 proves that sometimes, imitation is the highest form of flatulence.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 30, 2009
My tolerance for French kitsch is low and French accordion music lower, so that I stayed in my seat bodes well for the film's commercial prospects.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
January 30, 2009
Colourful, undemanding musical melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
October 18, 2008
Many stale plot devices are recycled.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
October 18, 2008
A bracingly old-fashioned, lushly visualized showbiz meller set against pre-World War II Gallic political unrest.