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Populaire Reviews

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September 12, 2013
"Populaire" is catnip for a certain breed of twee Francophile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 10, 2013
director Régis Roinsard makes his feature debut with this utterly adorable romantic comedy which feels like something right out of the 1950's without any annoying tongue-in-cheek irony.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 10, 2013
Deft execution by Roinsard and his appealing cast make the film a solid, genially retro entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 7.8/10
September 6, 2013
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.
September 6, 2013
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.
September 5, 2013
Attractive performers, sparkling 1950's Technicolor, a lovely confection all around.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 5, 2013
"Populaire" tells the kind of transcendentally silly fairy tale that has long been a French cinematic specialty.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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September 5, 2013
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.
September 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 5, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 5, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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September 5, 2013
Only those unversed in frothy, Weinstein-approved confections will wonder where Populaire is headed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 4, 2013
Like biting into a stale cupcake, Populaire is all decoration, no substance.
September 3, 2013
That clack-clack-clacking sound you hear is the pressing of the keys by the millions of screenwriters who've come up with similar high-concept comedy templates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 3, 2013
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.
September 3, 2013
Somehow managing to combine the peppiness of a Doris Day with the sulky intensity of a Noomi Rapace, Deborah Francois is a revelation.
September 3, 2013
A colorful and impeccably styled romantic comedy that manages to turn the speed-typing competitions of the 1950s into entertaining cinematic fodder.
September 3, 2013
Regis Roinsard's impressive debut is a love letter to 50s filmmaking, but one that lacks a real heart.
September 1, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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