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September Dawn Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 29, 2007
There was another 9/11 horror. But it happened 150 years ago.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Pete Hammond
August 25, 2007
Often gripping and fascinating, it's bound to create waves of controversy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
August 24, 2007
The film Mitt Romney does not want you to see. And it's easy to see why.
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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 24, 2007
Less verifiable than implied, 'September Dawn' nevertheless does raise relevant questions of intolerance, fanaticism and individual responsibility.
Dave Tianen
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 23, 2007
If September Dawn is a kind of Western, it's a Western utterly devoid of heroism or the usual archetypes. But the core message transcends time: Hatred laced with religious fanaticism is a toxic blend.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
August 22, 2007
When the movie isn't doling out ham-fisted gives us magnificent vistas of a pristine prairie...and there's a deep sweetness to the subplot of Jonathan and Emily falling in love.
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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.
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
November 8, 2007
Predictable, obvious, often silly.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat
October 16, 2007
Drama may benefit from attention to history, but history doesn't always make for good drama.
| Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
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
Fred Topel
September 1, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 31, 2007
Muddled, sloppy, and obfuscating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Singer
New York Press
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.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
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
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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
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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
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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
Cole Smithey
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-
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