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September Dawn Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 3, 2007
The villainous turns by Jon Voight (as a hard-hearted Mormon bishop) and Terence Stamp (as a bloodthirsty Brigham Young) would have been more fun if they weren't part of such a clumsy campaign to lay this tragedy at the church's doorstep.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
August 30, 2007
The workmanlike craftsmanship of Cain's filmmaking almost (but never quite) smooths over the ham-fisted way he conceives the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 29, 2007
A plodding and highly questionable history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Steven Hyden
AV Club
August 27, 2007
With its complete lack of empathy for early Mormons and simplistic rendering of historical figures, September Dawn is that rare movie that actually deserves whatever condemnation might come from religious groups.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 25, 2007
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
August 24, 2007
Religious and thematic issues aside, September Dawn is well-crafted as a revisionist Western with a message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
August 24, 2007
The maudlin, grotesque western September Dawn apes Schindler's List in hopes of creatinga Christian Holocaust picture.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 24, 2007
Why does this film even exist?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 24, 2007
Disturbingly awful.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 24, 2007
With September Dawn, filmmaker Christopher Cain has turned a national tragedy into a teen romance, and not in a grand, entertaining, Titanic way.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
August 24, 2007
[The film] too often feels like a very elaborate episode of Gunsmoke.
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 24, 2007
[Director Cain] stops short of calling Osama bin Laden a Mormon sympathizer, but maybe that'll be on the DVD.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 24, 2007
It turns a complicated story of religious bigotry and paranoia, with visitations from God, self-appointed prophets and 'divine' instruction into a dry history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 24, 2007
What a strange, confused, unpleasant movie this is.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 24, 2007
It's waxy Classics Illustrated cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 23, 2007
The film feels less like historical drama than a venomous religious tract printed on celluloid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 23, 2007
Even if one gets past the movie's controversial depictions, there is the matter of its second-rate, made-for-television fare -- the poor battle choreography, the wooden editing and the cheesy writing.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2007
It has the chilling certitude of the self-righteous.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 23, 2007
Bombastic, slow-drying dramatization with lead-weight dialogue and a turgid romantic subplot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 21, 2007
This handsome indie Western damningly recounts the 1857 slayings of 120 settlers passing through Utah, but the didactic presentation, grim speechifying and tacked-on love story all signify a less-than-healthy regard for the audience's intelligence.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 21, 2007
September Dawn has the ham-fisted lyricism of political ads and pharmaceutical commercials.
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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic
June 21, 2007
The real problem is that September Dawn isn't a very good movie. It moves too much like a public-school history pageant and gives us mono-dimensional characters who speak dialogue that fairly reeks of printer's ink.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5