The September Issue Reviews

October 20, 2014
The September Issue is a misshapen, mix-and-match affair, an ill-fitting ensemble of individually compelling pieces.
September 11, 2010
full review at Movies for the Masses
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
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.
September 11, 2009
There's something fishy about a documentary that takes its cues from a fictional movie.
September 11, 2009
Wintour and her colleagues are well-dressed company, but what's really going on stays behind closed doors.
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.
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.
September 11, 2009
September 10, 2009
Plenty of glitz but precious little substance...an oddly toothless portrait of a bruising business.
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.
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.
August 31, 2009
seems already dated
August 28, 2009
The September Issue is old news, all the more so given the recent recession-driven transformation of the magazine landscape.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.