September Tapes Reviews

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November 24, 2011
Eventually collapses under the weight of its no-budget arrogance, but it goes some interesting places beforehand.
December 6, 2005
January 24, 2005
It's jingoist machismo disguised as deep insight.
October 6, 2004
Finally, there are no truths, higher or lower, in September Tapes...just a lot of din.
September 30, 2004
Johnston's rough-hewn handheld footage generates a sense of dread as a defining force behind the camera, more concrete than any onscreen images.
September 25, 2004
It's riddled with stilted voice-overs and eye-rollingly awful dialogue.
September 24, 2004
It's hard to make a case for an American film that intentionally mixes fact with fiction when the facts concerning 9/11, the Taliban and the fate of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden are already so elusive.
September 24, 2004
Afghanistan shouldn't be used as a backdrop for some director's selfish attempt at provocation.
September 24, 2004
The film itself still feels faked, and its calculated exploitation of some real tragedies may be the most unbelievable thing of all.
September 24, 2004
The whole notion of exploiting a war and its victims to shoot a commercial feature is reprehensible.
September 24, 2004
Squanders incredible verisimilitude by undercutting it with credibility-defying storytelling.
September 24, 2004
Credit September Tapes with raising thorny questions about what forms of cinematic storytelling do justice to truth.
September 24, 2004
It shares a lot with the Hollywood product: a forced gimmick, a dislikable protagonist, a transparent plot twist and a lot of unconvincing drama.
September 24, 2004
This disturbing docudrama is a remarkable achievement on many levels.
September 24, 2004
War porn, an amateurish and incomprehensible mishmash of alleged fact and fiction.
September 24, 2004
An underwhelming execution of an interesting concept.
September 24, 2004
It yanks us eyes-first into a place that we, in our living rooms, have known only as a clich.
September 24, 2004
Alternating between the despicable and the inept and sometimes capturing both in a single moment, September Tapes is a craven attempt to cash in on the 9/11 tragedy.
September 24, 2004
A hybrid, containing both fictional and real elements. As often happens with such efforts, the movie doesn't fully succeed in meeting the demands of either side of a complex equation.
September 23, 2004
Painfully lacking in both emotional impact and insight into the country's tragic recent history.
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