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September Dawn Reviews

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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.
November 8, 2007
Predictable, obvious, often silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
October 16, 2007
Drama may benefit from attention to history, but history doesn't always make for good drama.
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
September 5, 2007
Contriving a faux Romeo and Juliet romance as a point of entry for the audience shows how unimaginative the filmmakers are, and how blandly and uninvolving it plays shows how fairly clueless they are in going about their game plan.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 31, 2007
Muddled, sloppy, and obfuscating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 30, 2007
For all the guns fired in the film, [director] Cain aims the largest one at his foot-and pulls the trigger again and again.
August 30, 2007
An already thin veneer of historical truth wears off fairly quickly in this surprisingly dull and melodramatic low-budget western.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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
August 29, 2007
There was another 9/11 horror. But it happened 150 years ago.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2007
A plodding and highly questionable history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 29, 2007
It's a toss-up as to whether September Dawn is more offensive as history, as allegory or simply as lousy self-important filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/5
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
August 26, 2007
The director's overreaching attempts at social commentary with hackneyed devices weaken the veracity of the source material and leave the film open to interpretation as propaganda.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 25, 2007
Often gripping and fascinating, it's bound to create waves of controversy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 24, 2007
An asinine chunk of Mormonsploitation that mixes historical fact with fictional romance and bald-faced anti-Mormon prejudice.
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 24, 2007
For all its cinematic weaknesses, I left the theatre weeping. "Now you know how I feel when I see holocaust films," my Jewish husband told me gently as he wiped away my tears.
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
August 24, 2007
The maudlin, grotesque western September Dawn apes Schindler's List in hopes of creatinga Christian Holocaust picture.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
August 24, 2007
What could have been a galvanizing and all-too timely account of religious fanaticism turning violent has instead been reduced to the banal level of an Romeo and Juliet-type love story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
August 24, 2007
While we should always be suspect of history served up with popcorn, this is a story worth telling
Full Review | Original Score: 84/100
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