The September Issue - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The September Issue Reviews

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Amy Taubin
June 1, 2015
Insubstantial though it is, The September Issue has its pleasures and even revelations.
Nathan Lee
Film Comment Magazine
October 20, 2014
The September Issue is a misshapen, mix-and-match affair, an ill-fitting ensemble of individually compelling pieces.
Joshua Starnes
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
September 11, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Cris Kennedy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
January 17, 2010
a more perfect representation of the eternal struggle, and even more eternal dependence, of art and commerce, there could not be.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 23, 2009
Grace, the movie implies, is the genius behind what Vogue really sells, which is romantic aspirational fantasies for women.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
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
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
September 25, 2009
A mesmerizing study of the tension between commerce and creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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?"
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
September 25, 2009
In its way, The September Issue is about expert craftsmen toiling away at a factory, albeit an unimaginably glamorous one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
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.
Top Critic
Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2009
An insider's view of high fashion's ultimate tastemakers proves it's not just for aficionados.
Top Critic
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 18, 2009
[Cutler] worms his way into subcultures without judgment or probing, preferring to let group dynamics speak for themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
September 18, 2009
Far more insightful than the fawningly impressed The Devil Wears Prada or the weakly satirical Prêt-à-Porter.
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