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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    The joy is in the details - from the animated credits to the perky pop score to the pre-"Mad Man" hair, clothes and general sensibility. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Populaire takes an intrinsically boring activity — typing — and makes it unusually entertaining. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Populaire plays like a musical - you expect anyone, at any time, to break into song. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    This frisky late-’50s-set French comedy about a competitive typing contest hunts and pecks a bit for fun after its story gets rolling, but it’s visually vibrant throughout. show more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    For all the earnestness with which the filmmakers replicate the muted colors and attitudes of the post-war era, they ultimately fail to say anything truly interesting about either the past or the present, resulting in a work that feels as superficial as it does slick. show more

  • 65
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    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. show more

  • 75
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    Populaire has no interest in rewriting the rules of romantic comedy, but it does run through the expected paces with admirable style. show more

  • 63

    A solid, genially retro entertainment. show more

  • 50
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    Despite hard-working performances and the occasional sexual frisson from ingénue Déborah François (a kind of French Renée Zellweger) and seductive Romain Duris (who looks like Tom Hanks by way of Montgomery Clift), Populaire hits mostly wrong keys. show more

  • 50
    Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine

    Candy-colored to a potentially cavity-causing degree, the film is a bubbly regurgitation of retrograde romantic comedy tropes and reactionary sexual politics. show more

  • September 18, 2013 lgjhere1
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    A delightful, but painful, romp through the culture of 1959 when a woman\'s worth was based on how well she cooked, typed, took shorthand, or performed her housework duties. Luckily, things have changed. Rose changed when she won typing contests but realized who she was internally defined her person.

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