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The September Issue (2009)

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84

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 92 | Rotten: 18

This doc about the making of Vogue's biggest issue and its frosty editor-in-chief is fascinating eye candy and light-on-its-feet fun.

84

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 5

This doc about the making of Vogue's biggest issue and its frosty editor-in-chief is fascinating eye candy and light-on-its-feet fun.

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"The September Issue" is an intimate, funny and surprising look at Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of "Vogue" magazine for 20 years, and her team of larger-than-life editors as they create this must-have Bible of fashion. Filmmaker R.J. Cutler explores the untouchable glamour of Wintour's Vogue to reveal the extraordinarily passionate people at its heart. He takes us behind the scenes at Fashion Week, to Europe, on shoots and reshoots, and into closed-door staff meetings, bearing witness to an

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Documentary, Special Interest

Feb 23, 2010

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All Critics (111) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (18) | DVD (4)

Grace, the movie implies, is the genius behind what Vogue really sells, which is romantic aspirational fantasies for women.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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While it's fun for fashionholics just to watch a movie in which people say "It's a famine of beauty!" and "The jacket is the new coat," the film becomes more substantial as it narrows its focus to two people: an artist and a curator.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A mesmerizing study of the tension between commerce and creativity.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Coddington, at least, gives us an appreciation of the talent seeing to it that the grandest fashion magazine of them all still sells the dream of glamour with style.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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An insider's view of high fashion's ultimate tastemakers proves it's not just for aficionados.

September 18, 2009
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[Cutler] worms his way into subcultures without judgment or probing, preferring to let group dynamics speak for themselves.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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The September Issue is like the world's most perfect accessory; pointless, but difficult not to look at. And look at it long enough, you might actually find you like it.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
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full review at Movies for the Masses

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The War Room director R J Cutler is a serious filmmaker, and while some may think fashion is a less than serious subject (Wintour's daughter Bee being one of them, as we find out in one amusing scene), his film is a riveting insight.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Screenwize
Screenwize

a more perfect representation of the eternal struggle, and even more eternal dependence, of art and commerce, there could not be.

January 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

R. J. Cutler's documentary appears to gloss over many pertinent details and the filmmaker has been accused of being too easy on Wintour, but The September Issue is incisive, detailed and somewhat cruel.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

sporadically successful, but mostly feels stranded at the surface, possibly because its insider-ism gets the best of the filmmakers by keeping them so trapped inside the Vogue universe that we never hear any outside voices

October 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

For some, fashion might not seem like exciting material, but director R.J. Cutler is able to create some genuine suspense and tension, as the days and hours count down to the "close" of the issue.

October 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

They say that when you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes back at you. Looking into the sunglasses of Vogue editor Anna Wintour must be kind of like that. Except that you never think to yourself, "I wonder if the abyss thinks I look fat in these jeans?"

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

In its way, The September Issue is about expert craftsmen toiling away at a factory, albeit an unimaginably glamorous one.

September 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Cutler takes an often riveting nuts-and-bolts look at what goes into creating the Vogue September issue, and it's a shame that he isn't more focused on the procedural.

September 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Grace Coddington, Vogue's Creative Director, is the secret weapon the movie needs. One sits through all the Anna Wintour stuff just to get back to her.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Far more insightful than the fawningly impressed The Devil Wears Prada or the weakly satirical Prêt-à-Porter.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Wintour's face, sometimes sans her trademark shades, is often the focus of Cutler's lens. But she reveals little of what's in her heart ... and neither does the movie.

September 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The documentary film The September Issue is enchanting, bewildering, and informing... a terrific merging of fashion and cinema.

September 17, 2009 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net
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Audience Reviews for The September Issue

Kind of interesting, and kind of everything you'd expect it to be. Wanted less of Wintour being bitchy and more of why she was being bitchy.
March 17, 2011
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

You're screen will practically frost over from Anna Wintour's icy personality but this is an interesting inside look at the organization of Vogue's big issue.
August 24, 2010
jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

this is probably a special interest documentary. i know alot of people feel fashion is frivolous and it is of course. it's a kind of fantasy world that's fairly divorced from reality but for a small and elite crowd, it is a religion. the film shows us the people behind the fashion bible, vogue's september issue, including the ice queen, anna wintour, played by meryl streep in the devil wears prada, her senior editor and former 60's model grace coddington, a true genius of fashion who steals the film from anna, the fabulous andre leon talley, photographers like mario testino and patrick demarchelier at work, various designers, etc. if none of this means anything to u, then u won't care about this film, but as someone who grew up with vogue, inspired by the fashion and especially the wonderful photography, all this was pretty fascinating. i don't read fashion magazines now but this one really opened my eyes as a kid until the edgier elle took over in the 90's
April 26, 2010
rubystevens
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

If you LOVE fashion as I do, you will really appricaite this movie. It goes behind the sense of our favorite fashion magazine. You see all the work that really goes into making the september issue. It really is unbelieveable. I completely loved the shoots done by Grace...She is AMAZING! I loved all of them. She's genious. I didnt really see this movie as documentary, it was very amusing and jsut the right length. It could have gotten long and drawn out but it didnt. Very well made. See it.
March 19, 2010
MissMorganLeee
Morgan Salem

Super Reviewer

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