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Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) Reviews

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 24, 2009
Essentially a pastiche, as musty as a flea market.
April 23, 2009
Paris 36 is a handsomely made French musical that never really soars.
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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-
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
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
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
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 2, 2009
A handsomely mounted but achingly undistinguished film from writer-director Christophe Barratier.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
April 1, 2009
Assault by relentless accordion-playing, Paris 36 proves that sometimes, imitation is the highest form of flatulence.
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.
January 30, 2009
Colourful, undemanding musical melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
October 18, 2008
Many stale plot devices are recycled.
October 18, 2008
A bracingly old-fashioned, lushly visualized showbiz meller set against pre-World War II Gallic political unrest.