Faubourg 36 (Paris 36)
Faubourg 36 (Paris 36) (2009)

A star is born in a time of both celebration and instability in this historical drama with music from director Christophe Barratier. In the spring of 1936, Paris is in a state of uncertainty; while the rise of the Third Reich in Germany… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 3, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sweet and light, this homage to French vaudeville -- and Francophilia in general -- is pretty, but its air of nostalgia occasionally borders on the saccharine.

Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

If you're a Francophile, it may be worth a look. But it's no Moulin Rouge.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

An utterly charming and sentimental French melodrama with music, a nostalgic look backstage and back in history.

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Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago

Barratier (Les Choristes) seems to be making a bid to be France's new master of sweet nostalgia with a musical bent.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Essentially a pastiche, as musty as a flea market.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Destined to be one of the season's most energetic white elephants.

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Mike Mayo
Washington Post

Paris 36 is a handsomely made French musical that never really soars.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

Don Groves

A tasty, tuneful Gallic confection.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Oniric fantasy set in 1936 Paris. Costume design, cinematography and music are top-notch. Borrows themes from "Cinema Paradiso" and "Moulin… More
Walter M.
"Paris 36" starts as Germain Pigoil(Gerard Jugnot) tells a police detective(Marc Citti) why he murdered someone. Previously, Germain was the stage… More
Alice Shen
Simply delightful! The relationships are so multi-faceted and uplifting: Pigoil and JoJo (estranged father and son), Pigoil and Milou (resentful friends),… More
Panta Oz
I was wondering how to write a review for this one... One wants very much to like French filmmaker Christophe Barratier's Paris 36. You can find musical… More
Jake ....
This is honestly one of the most entertaining things I have seen recently. Granted, its predictable, and there is certainly a sense of "I've seen this… More
Andre Tavares Simoni
French film directed by Christophe Barratier. This film is set in 1930s Paris.When a neighborhood music hall closes down, a trio of unemployed friends vow to… More