Deft execution by Roinsard and his appealing cast make the film a solid, genially retro entertainment.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Populaire pays homage to the genre while bringing a modern sensibility (and a Rocky-esque training montage): A girl can have it all.
| Original Score: 7.8/10
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.
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.
Attractive performers, sparkling 1950's Technicolor, a lovely confection all around.
| Original Score: A-
"Populaire" tells the kind of transcendentally silly fairy tale that has long been a French cinematic specialty.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
The less seriously the genial French comedy "Populaire" takes itself, the more amusing it is. Fortunately, with small exceptions, this film doesn't take itself very seriously at all.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
When things change to a rom-com template, things get slightly more rote, but in everything from film stock to (slightly overactive) score, "Populaire" is a nice shift to another time.
Only those unversed in frothy, Weinstein-approved confections will wonder where Populaire is headed.
| Original Score: C+
Like biting into a stale cupcake, Populaire is all decoration, no substance.
Even as the story goes everywhere-and I mean everywhere-you expect, the chemistry between these two inspires a gleefully goofball grin.
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.
Somehow managing to combine the peppiness of a Doris Day with the sulky intensity of a Noomi Rapace, Deborah Francois is a revelation.
A colorful and impeccably styled romantic comedy that manages to turn the speed-typing competitions of the 1950s into entertaining cinematic fodder.
Regis Roinsard's impressive debut is a love letter to 50s filmmaking, but one that lacks a real heart.
Candy-colored to a potentially cavity-causing degree, the film is a bubbly regurgitation of retrograde romantic comedy tropes and reactionary sexual politics.
| Original Score: 2/4
Even if it's ultimately little more than a frothy bit of fun, there are elements that stick with us.
A cute, glamorous and 'qwerky' French fancy that features a delightful performance from Deborah Francois, but it's overshadowed by a Gallic inferiority complex.