The September Issue Reviews

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April 25, 2019
The frosty Winter is renowned for being something of a human steamroller, but the documentary shows the more interesting character to be her right-hand woman and creative director, Grace Coddington...One for the fashionistas.
December 11, 2018
If you are interested in fashion, it's a fascinating look behind the scenes.
June 1, 2015
Insubstantial though it is, The September Issue has its pleasures and even revelations.
October 20, 2014
The September Issue is a misshapen, mix-and-match affair, an ill-fitting ensemble of individually compelling pieces.
November 17, 2011
April 1, 2011
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.
September 11, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
July 4, 2010
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.
January 17, 2010
a more perfect representation of the eternal struggle, and even more eternal dependence, of art and commerce, there could not be.
October 23, 2009
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
Grace, the movie implies, is the genius behind what Vogue really sells, which is romantic aspirational fantasies for women.
October 10, 2009
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 8, 2009
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 1, 2009
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.
September 25, 2009
A mesmerizing study of the tension between commerce and creativity.
September 25, 2009
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
In its way, The September Issue is about expert craftsmen toiling away at a factory, albeit an unimaginably glamorous one.
September 23, 2009
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
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 19, 2009
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.
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