New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
A gleaming hunk of French period schmaltz expertly rendered by director Christophe Barratier.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's pleasant and amusing. If I had seen it before I was born, I would have loved it.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Barratier directs with a jaunty artifice more typically seen on stage, but with the exception of Arnezeder, his cast turns theatricality to its advantage. They're offering us a sunny fantasy during a cloudy time, and seem well aware that we're unlikely to resist.
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Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
Politics and art come together in predictable, moderately enjoyable fashion in Paris 36.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A little like spending the holidays with strangers. The spirits are high, the relationships are warm, the personal stories have a shared history, and even though you're on the outside of things, you appreciate the people in a remote and perhaps admiring sort of way. Still, when it's time to leave, you're not sorry.
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The Hollywood Reporter

The movie is almost rescued by the wonderful 1930's style songs (written by Reinhardt Wanger and Frank Thomas) that populate its final act.
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Boston Globe

In short, the financial crisis and social upheaval of 1930s France never looked so appealing.
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
In the end, it's much ado about nothing. Oh, the ennui, the ennui.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's like a pastry that's been sitting on the shelf for 60 years.
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40 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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