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Populaire Reviews

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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
September 19, 2013
As romantic comedy it's uneven, but as an ode to something long gone, "Populaire" hits the right notes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 19, 2013
Even when there's tragedy around the turn, it doesn't matter. Populaire plays like a musical - you expect anyone, at any time, to break into song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
September 13, 2013
[Populaire] does run through the expected paces with admirable style, with a glossy, Technicolor production design that sometimes makes it seem it might have been made in the '50s, not just set there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 12, 2013
Roinsard, who wrote his feature debut with Daniel Presley and Romain Compingt, is unabashedly in love with cheesy, cornball sentiment, which he dusts off and polishes to a fair-thee-well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
September 12, 2013
Is this remake really necessary? Maybe not, but to worry about that is to risk missing out on a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
September 12, 2013
"Populaire" is catnip for a certain breed of twee Francophile.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Godfrey Cheshire
RogerEbert.com
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
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
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.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 5, 2013
"Populaire" tells the kind of transcendentally silly fairy tale that has long been a French cinematic specialty.
| 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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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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+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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
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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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Boyd van Hoeij
Variety
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.
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
September 3, 2013
Regis Roinsard's impressive debut is a love letter to 50s filmmaking, but one that lacks a real heart.
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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