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The September Issue Reviews

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August 19, 2009
If you do already care, this glimpse behind the dark glasses of the most powerful person in fashion is perhaps revelation enough. Fashionistas: add a star.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 31, 2009
seems already dated
| Original Score: 2.5/5
September 11, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
September 11, 2009
Wintour and her colleagues are well-dressed company, but what's really going on stays behind closed doors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 11, 2009
Almost nothing of insight is allowed to intrude on the story, the single point of curiosity being the mild tension between the editor and her flame-haired, forthright creative director Grace Coddington.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 27, 2009
...mostly a big bore that delivers on few of its promises...Cutler's inadvertent focus on Coddington suggests a conceptual change during filming stuffed into a pre-conceived marketing campaign.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 28, 2009
The September Issue is old news, all the more so given the recent recession-driven transformation of the magazine landscape.
September 3, 2009
Cutler never mentions animal fur, sweatshop labor or any issues that can make fashion seem less than fabulous. The September Issue is more about surface than depth, much like its subject. And in case you're wondering: Yes, this movie makes you look fat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 20, 2014
The September Issue is a misshapen, mix-and-match affair, an ill-fitting ensemble of individually compelling pieces.
August 27, 2009
For the past year or so, Wintour's been on the media warpath to win back her image, and Cutler seems happy to oblige.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
September 10, 2009
What's most conspicuously missing from this ensemble is some input from the advertisers who subsidize Wintour's tyranny, and the readers who are seduced into buying her beautiful four-pound paperweights.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 11, 2009
There's something fishy about a documentary that takes its cues from a fictional movie.
August 25, 2009
Wintour's arctic imperiousness has a way of creating the most masochistic deference, a dynamic that R.J Cutler superficially explores -- and becomes prone to -- in his documentary The September Issue.
September 11, 2009
It'd be nice (and fair) if Cutler dared ask Wintour about her reasons rather than framing her march to the layout room as though she's a Chanel-suited Darth Vader.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
August 28, 2009
Wintour, apparently, is queen of the universe %u2013 or the fashion universe. Which has as much to do with the real universe as Spongebob does to the plight of the dolphin.
September 10, 2009
Plenty of glitz but precious little substance...an oddly toothless portrait of a bruising business.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 11, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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