The September Issue

Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. Lusciously revealing fly-on-the-wall portrait of Anna Wintour.
  2. 90
    A wonderful film, and one with vast appeal. Giving us everything we have come to expect from our fashion-centered programming and more, we are left with the sense that we have uncovered a mystery.
  3. 83
    Filled with vivacity, charm and, yes, beauty.
  4. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    80
    A splendid study of the forces and passions behind the world’s biggest fashion magazine.
  5. 75
    Though most will visit R.J. Cutler's subtle, supple documentary hoping to peek beneath the formidable bangs of Vogue editor Anna Wintour, they will be disappointed: This is a movie whose ambitions range wider than the contents of her guarded psyche.
  6. 75
    Beaded with amusing moments.
  7. 75
    What comes across is that she is, after all, a very good editor.
  8. 75
    As for getting close to Wintour -- or even explaining the unfathomable mystery that can be haute couture -- the film comes up empty.
  9. Compulsively entertaining documentary.
  10. 75
    A subversively entertaining documentary.
  11. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    While it doesn't scratch much below the surface, The September Issue is an entertainingly voyeuristic glimpse into the fashion world.
  12. 75
    What the movie unfolds is how the magazine is inextricable from Wintour’s vision of it.
  13. A crisp and entertaining documentary.
  14. For all its ballyhoo'd full access to Vogue's inner workings, the movie's cinéma-vérité approach feels perilously close to advertorial.
  15. Consistent with her ice queen reputation, Wintour is often disconcertingly direct and frequently unfeeling, though not without a dry sense of humor.
  16. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    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.
  17. 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.
  18. 70
    Behind the gloss of Vogue, a revealing look at work, creativity and two strong women
  19. This entertaining, glib movie is about the maintenance of a brand that Ms. Wintour has brilliantly cultivated since she assumed her place at the top of the editorial masthead in 1988 and which the documentary’s director, R. J. Cutler, has helped polish with a take so flattering he might as well work there.
  20. When it's all over, we still don't know who Wintour really is.
  21. A slight, if often riveting, behind-the-scenes documentary.
  22. 67
    A fascinating, frustrating documentary.
  23. Like a time capsule from another era of journalism, The September Issue chronicles a distant past that flourished not but two years ago.
  24. 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.
  25. The doc’s breakout star is Vogue creative director Grace Coddington, a former model whose plain appearance (the end result of a horrible car accident) and frumpy clothing belie her genius for fashion. She counters her boss every chance she can get and provides the film with a much-needed emotional center.
  26. 50
    It's delicious and ensnaring and easy on the eyes, but it can't give you the definitive truth about notoriously frosty Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
  27. The press notes boast that Mr. Cutler was given "unprecedented access" and the right of final cut; these advantages don't seem to have done much for this listless film.
  28. 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."
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Dec 8, 2011
    0
    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,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. Full Review »
  2. May 23, 2011
    9
    A fashionista's dream came true, The September Issue is a lovely documentary about two figures (Wintour and Coddington) on a heavy mission.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. Full Review »
  3. TomL.
    Sep 17, 2009
    1
    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 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! Full Review »