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The September Issue Reviews

November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 25, 2009
A mesmerizing study of the tension between commerce and creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
September 18, 2009
An insider's view of high fashion's ultimate tastemakers proves it's not just for aficionados.
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
September 15, 2009
It's kind of irresistible.
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2009
A slight, if often riveting, behind-the-scenes documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 11, 2009
[A] wise, engaging frock-umentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
September 11, 2009
There's something fishy about a documentary that takes its cues from a fictional movie.
September 11, 2009
Consistently funny and engaging, 'The September Issue' is also a window onto the top echelon of an industry in which fanciful escapism is deadly serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 11, 2009
Wintour steers a tight ship. Coddington reminds her that Vogue has a history based on something more than profit. In the end, they're a winning combination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 11, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2009
What emerges is a kind of comic thriller about the insult of having hard work ignored or heartlessly omitted, as Wintour does to several images from one of Coddington's photo shoots.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2009
This seems to be a woman who is concerned with one thing above all: The implementation of her opinion. She is not the monster depicted by Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, but then how could she be?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 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
August 28, 2009
The movie offers insights that lift it beyond the realist version of The Devil Wears Prada.
August 28, 2009
The September Issue has little to say about fashion, the real ins and outs of publishing or the inner workings of the magazine's meanie-in-chief, Anna Wintour.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 28, 2009
The September Issue is old news, all the more so given the recent recession-driven transformation of the magazine landscape.
August 27, 2009
R.J. Cutler's vibrant and mischievous documentary The September Issue is only partly a movie about fashion. At its heart, it's really a movie about work, about the ways individuals compete with, grate against and inspire one another in the workplace.
August 27, 2009
If a syllable could kill (and it can, can't it?), the movie would be the Texas Chainsaw Massacre of the stiletto-heeled and dagger-toothed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 27, 2009
A fascinating, frustrating documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 26, 2009
I came away from The September Issue liking Anna Wintour more than I thought I would, but mostly with an appreciation for her mission: not just to sell magazines, to market clothing and style, but to give femininity its sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 26, 2009
What we do come away with is an appreciation for clothing and photography as art forms and the kind of work and emotion that go into each issue, especially the September issue, the largest each year for its fall fashion features.
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.
August 21, 2009
The real Anna Wintour, the perennial editor/dominatrix of American Vogue, is much more fascinating than Meryl Streep's version.