Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 5 out of 19
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  1. Reviewed by: Ethan Gilsdorf
    In short, the financial crisis and social upheaval of 1930s France never looked so appealing.
  2. Like Amélie's scrubbed-up "City of Lights," Paris 36 is an antiseptic arthouse trifle, so eager to soothe that it only numbs.
  3. 30
    In the end, it's much ado about nothing. Oh, the ennui, the ennui.
  4. 10
    So shameless in its pandering, sentimental vision of Frenchness as to constitute something of a national embarrassment.
  5. It's like a pastry that's been sitting on the shelf for 60 years.

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