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The September Issue Reviews

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Kathy Flanigan
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 17, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
September 17, 2009
The documentary film The September Issue is enchanting, bewildering, and informing... a terrific merging of fashion and cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 15, 2009
Is Anna really any tougher than a man doing this job? I think not!
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
September 15, 2009
You're thinking this is the ultimate chick flick? You would be wrong.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
September 15, 2009
It's kind of irresistible.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
September 15, 2009
RJ Cutler had plenty of access, but it's pretty clear that from start to finish it was Anna Wintour who was in control of this movie.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 14, 2009
Documentarian R.J. Cutler manages the impossible--revealing the notoriously aloof Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's personality behind the ice queen facade.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
September 14, 2009
From watching the new documentary 'The September Issue,' it's hard to tell if novelist and former Anna Wintour assistant Lauren Weisberger was unfair to the editor when she created the relentlessly cruel Miranda Priestly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
September 14, 2009
We should all apprentice under Anna Wintour.
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September 12, 2009
Even if the subject of the magazine doesn't interest you, the mechanics of making it happen will add much to the story of these two women for whom fashion is the world, not just a job.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
September 11, 2009
Cutler's access to both Vogue's often frenetic production process as well as to its elusive editor-in-chief trumps the tsks over financial indulgences the film may elicit.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 11, 2009
In director R.J. Cutler's snappy documentary about the making of the September 2007 issue of Vogue editor Anna Wintour exhibits an icy, unflappable veneer.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
September 11, 2009
A slight, if often riveting, behind-the-scenes documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 11, 2009
[A] wise, engaging frock-umentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
September 11, 2009
It's got everything one could hope for in a movie experience: drama, wit, stifled rage, unbridled glee, pouty adolescents wearing far too much makeup, massive egos and a heroine who is absolutely irresistible.
| Original Score: 5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
September 11, 2009
There's something fishy about a documentary that takes its cues from a fictional movie.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
September 11, 2009
The September Issue really has only as much depth and relevance as fashion itself, but when we travel through the looking glass, it's not usually the simple image on the other side for which we are searching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
September 11, 2009
Like the sunglasses concealing a big portion of Anna's face, this film conceals more than it reveals. But we still catch glimpses of this iconic personality, often in the reactions of those around her.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
September 11, 2009
Even a haute couture heathen such as I recognizes that to full-blown fashionistas, "September Issue" is nothing short of a religious experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Damon Wise
Empire Magazine
September 11, 2009
A splendid study of the forces and passions behind the world's biggest fashion magazine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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