Metascore
25

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 11 out of 18
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  1. Cain has crafted a modest picture, filmed in Canada, that too often feels like a very elaborate episode of "Gunsmoke."
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    50
    The movie isn't THAT bad -- it's just made-for-TV historical treacle that has somehow found its way to the big screen (and barely that; if you want to be moved or outraged by the film, you'll have to travel to Danvers or Revere).
  3. The cruel simplicity of the atrocity is made needlessly chaotic by artless camerawork that swishes rapidly back and forth across the action, to the accompaniment of a syrupy soundtrack.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    50
    A rare case in which one can't help but wish the film were somehow worse than it is, for it would then be easier to dismiss outright. Jon Voight's turn as a fictional local Mormon leader and, in particular, Terence Stamp's performance as Brigham Young have a strange, unnerving conviction about them, and give the film an oddly engaging pull.
  5. 40
    Shot in a style that might be termed Americana gravitas, September Dawn has the ham-fisted lyricism of political ads and pharmaceutical commercials. The schematic script is further burdened with heavy ironies and hackneyed dialogue.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    40
    The didactic presentation, grim speechifying and tacked-on love story all signify a less-than-healthy regard for the audience's intelligence.
User Score
4.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 39 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 18 out of 28
  1. Jun 2, 2012
    0
    One Of The Worst Movies Of All Time!
    Why Is The User Score Mixed (As Of Now)
    It's A Really Bad Movie.. REALLY BAD...
  2. khela'ri
    Aug 30, 2009
    10
    This was a very good movie, where it shows all of us what that amount of hatred can do to a group of people. This is an untold story that This was a very good movie, where it shows all of us what that amount of hatred can do to a group of people. This is an untold story that needs to be in the history books, the Mormons have tried hard to keep this under wraps and now its out in the open, we should respect those who died on that day, and remember them because their story is no less important that the story of slavery and that of WW1 ad WW2. Kudos, to Christoper Cain, his crew and cast for such an outstanding movie. Full Review »
  3. bradb
    Jul 2, 2009
    1
    This movie might have been pretty good if it had been written and directed by atheists.