Populaire (2013)

Spring, 1958: 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that's not… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 6, 2013
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The cheerfully frothy Populaire may lack substance, but its visual appeal -- and director Roinsard's confident evocation of 1950s filmmaking tropes -- help carry the day.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's neatly formatted, but if there's a message in the margins of this manuscript, "Populaire" doesn't spell it out.

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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times

[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.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Nothing quite goes according to plan in a film that is too long and needs a funnier script but is partially rescued by the screen charm of Duris and François.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

As romantic comedy it's uneven, but as an ode to something long gone, "Populaire" hits the right notes.

Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

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.

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Ann Lee
Metro (UK)

It takes a while to get going and the constant clack, clack, clacking can start to grate but Populaire is a warm and stylish film with plenty of polished charm.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Is this remake really necessary? Maybe not, but to worry about that is to risk missing out on a lot of fun.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A clever movie of considerable wit and charm. Its only fault is that it could have been a bit shorter and benefitted from the trim. Still, it's time well spent.

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