63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
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.
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58

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By William Arnold
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.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Luke Sader
Cain has crafted a modest picture, filmed in Canada, that too often feels like a very elaborate episode of "Gunsmoke."
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
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).
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38

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Filmmaker Christopher Cain has turned a national tragedy into a teen romance, and not in a grand, entertaining, "Titanic" way.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
September Dawn, written by an evangelical Christian, may be the worst historical drama ever made.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The audience gets the message (religious fanaticism: bad), but nothing we see is convincing on its own.
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20

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Muddled, sloppy, and obfuscating.
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0

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Succeeds completely at failure; the unified incompetence of its writing, directing and acting suggest a man who manages to be on fire and drowning at the same time, just as the bus runs him over.
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0

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What a strange, confused, unpleasant movie this is. Two theories have clustered around it: (1) It is anti-Mormon propaganda to muddy the waters around the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, or (2) it is not about Mormons at all, but an allegory about the 9/11/01 terrorists. Take your choice. The problem with allegories is that you can plug them in anywhere. No doubt the film would have great impact in Darfur.
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25 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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