It's jingoist machismo disguised as deep insight.
| Original Score: 1/5
Others pay the price for a macho man's posturing in this unflattering picture of American arrogance and lust for revenge.
| Original Score: 1/5
| Original Score: 2/4
A hybrid, containing both fictional and real elements. As often happens with such efforts, the movie doesn't fully succeed in meeting the demands of either side of a complex equation.
War porn, an amateurish and incomprehensible mishmash of alleged fact and fiction.
| Original Score: 1/4
The whole notion of exploiting a war and its victims to shoot a commercial feature is reprehensible.
The film itself still feels faked, and its calculated exploitation of some real tragedies may be the most unbelievable thing of all.
Eventually collapses under the weight of its no-budget arrogance, but it goes some interesting places beforehand.
Little more than war porn.
| Original Score: F
There is a reason everyone is calling this The Osama Witch Project - it's pretty hard to swallow this one - no matter how 'true'.
Tapes boasts some of the best filming seen in today's so-called 'dramatic documentaries,' but an unrefined script and frankly unbelievable ending keep it from becoming something better.
| Original Score: 2/5
Finally, there are no truths, higher or lower, in September Tapes...just a lot of din.
An underwhelming execution of an interesting concept.
Squanders incredible verisimilitude by undercutting it with credibility-defying storytelling.
The movie's heart is in the right place, but it looks and sounds regrettably bogus.
There's something deeply unseemly about this picture even though, within the limitations of the method, it's well executed.
| Original Score: D
a sad case of indie filmmakers who want to do something vital and lasting, but execute so poorly as to make their work merely forgettable
| Original Score: 1.5/5
The film is a vile, thick reduction, making a 9/11 victim's last cries the catalyst for a dimwitted first-person shooter.
| Original Score: 0/4
While the documentary footage ... is powerful, it's often undermined by the fact that you know there is deep contrivance at work.
Maybe Mr. Johnston ... intended this to be a guessing game. But the method robs the real encounters of their power and, even more important, trivializes the subject.