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  • Summary: The September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine weighed nearly five pounds, and was the single largest issue of a magazine ever published. With unprecedented access, 'The September Issue,' directed and produced by R.J. Cutler, tells the story of legendary Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and her larger-than-life team of editors creating the issue and ruling the world of fashion. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Lusciously revealing fly-on-the-wall portrait of Anna Wintour.
  2. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    A splendid study of the forces and passions behind the world’s biggest fashion magazine.
  3. 75
    What comes across is that she is, after all, a very good editor.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    A dishy and engrossing peek inside the fashion world’s corridors of power -- every bit as slickly packaged as the publication it seeks to uncover.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Consistent with her ice queen reputation, Wintour is often disconcertingly direct and frequently unfeeling, though not without a dry sense of humor.
  6. 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.
  7. 40
    The September Issue fixates on status and professional one-upmanship; if you want to see a movie that actually treats fashion as personal expression--in other words, art--keep a lookout for Anne Fontaine’s forthcoming biopic "Coco Before Chanel."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. May 23, 2011
    A fashionista's dream came true, The September Issue is a lovely documentary about two figures (Wintour and Coddington) on a heavy mission. It's the less cynical side of The Devil Wears Prada (2006) but still highly entertaining. Expand
  2. Qwerty
    Aug 30, 2009
    It's a pretty straightforward take on closing a magazine issue, albeit in this instance a rather special issue of a rather special magazine, to put it mildly. Those looking for scandalous revelation will be disappointed. And Wintour is by no means even rude, let alone the devilish harpy portrayed in that other piece of entertaining fiction. Expand
  3. TomL.
    Sep 17, 2009
    Boring, ephemeral, favor-of-the-month tripe. This is a contrived doc and most of it feels staged. Don't pay to see this when you can see project runway (which is much better) for free! Expand
  4. Dec 8, 2011
    Was I watchin' the Disk 2 extra features? It's not even a movie. It's a goddamn interview, a goddamn 'feature disk' that doesn't have plot, doesn't have even 2.1 channel, subtitles, and doesn't even have a proper intro. Yes, it's a real Anna Wintour. So what? There was simply no heart in making this so-called movie. Expand