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  • Summary: On September 11, 1857, in an unspoiled valley of the Utah territory--and in the name of God--120 men, women, and children were savagely murdered. Who ordered the massacre, and why, has been hidden in a cloak of secrecy and conspiracy. And the reputation of one of this nation's mightiest religious figures has been preserved and protected. This film is based on historical events. (Slow Hand Releasing)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 18
  2. Negative: 11 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    Most significant and contrary to the Mormon Church's ongoing position, the film depicts Young as present when the plot is hatched to slaughter the emigrants. Needless to say, this workmanlike but unflinching film won't be playing in Utah anytime soon.
  2. 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.
  3. Cain has crafted a modest picture, filmed in Canada, that too often feels like a very elaborate episode of "Gunsmoke."
  4. A ham-fisted cautionary tale of religious fanaticism that would have been hooted out of even 19th-century theaters as melodrama of the most lurid kind.
  5. 30
    The villainous turns by Jon Voight (as a hard-hearted Mormon bishop) and Terence Stamp (as a bloodthirsty Brigham Young) would have been more fun if they weren't part of such a clumsy campaign to lay this tragedy at the church's doorstep.
  6. Reviewed by: Steven Hyden
    25
    With its complete lack of empathy for early Mormons and simplistic rendering of historical figures, September Dawn is that rare movie that actually deserves whatever condemnation might come from religious groups.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    0
    The maudlin, grotesque western September Dawn, about the massacre on Sept. 11, 1857, of about 120 settlers by Mormons (and their Paiute Indian mercenaries), apes "Schindler’s List" in hopes of creating a Christian Holocaust picture.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 18 out of 28
  1. 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 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. Expand
  2. BarryJ.
    Aug 29, 2007
    10
    I loved this movie! The LDS Church is launching a smear campaign to shift their follower's and American public's interest. This movie forced them to come clean about the church involvement in 150 years! Expand
  3. PhilS.
    Aug 28, 2007
    9
    Great Movie!!! This movie is historically accurate and powerful. Jon Voight gave a great performance. Politically correct it is not. I am glad I saw it before I read the reviews. Ignore the PC press. The slaughter of 120 men, women and children by a religous cult that appears respectable deserves to be examined. See the movie, Google the controversial aspects and judge for yourself. Collapse
  4. bradb
    Jul 2, 2009
    1
    This movie might have been pretty good if it had been written and directed by atheists.
  5. RDW.
    Aug 24, 2007
    0
    The worst episode of "Gunsmoke" is far better than this. Stinks as a drama. Laughable effort. Not even worth to be call a propaganda film.
  6. [Anonymous]
    Sep 1, 2007
    0
    I don't feed tripe like this to my dog. Acting, cinematography, writing, historicity... the movie could not have failed on more cylinders if it tried Expand
  7. 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...

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