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Populaire Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
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
Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
September 4, 2013
Like biting into a stale cupcake, Populaire is all decoration, no substance.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 5, 2013
Only those unversed in frothy, Weinstein-approved confections will wonder where Populaire is headed.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 3, 2013
A cute, glamorous and 'qwerky' French fancy that features a delightful performance from Deborah Francois, but it's overshadowed by a Gallic inferiority complex.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 19, 2013
It works on a design porn level, but that's about it.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 29, 2013
It's très chic and charming but a bit disappointing when you see where it's headed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jon Frosch
Village Voice
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.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
[A] sweet but slight homage to the 50s and 60s.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 26, 2013
It's neatly formatted, but if there's a message in the margins of this manuscript, "Populaire" doesn't spell it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
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
June 3, 2013
Populaire ultimately feels too desperate to be a crowd pleaser to really satisfy as one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Charlotte O'Sullivan
London Evening Standard
May 31, 2013
Régis Roinsard's concoction is seriously artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 30, 2013
You'll need to have a very sweet tooth for this, and it makes light of those difficult sexual politics that Mad Men attacked with such fierce satire.
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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.
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
September 12, 2013
Roinsard labors mightily to eke laughs and excitement out of '50s secretaries in Technicolor dresses, towering heels, and awkward hairdos hammering away at keyboards, with limited success.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jessica Lambert
Little White Lies
May 30, 2013
Almost never hits a false key. A delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 12, 2013
"Populaire" is catnip for a certain breed of twee Francophile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
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
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
September 14, 2013
Never less than cute
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 31, 2013
Blessed with stunning sets, colourful costumes and a fine piano score, Populaire is a bright and breezy film that older audiences in particularly will appreciate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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