September Dawn Synopsis
A cloud of conspiracy surrounds the murder of more than 100 settlers in 1857 Utah.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
Muddled, sloppy, and obfuscating.
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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...
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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...
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I actually had the opportunity to see a sneak preview of this film.

Unlike many of the people submitting reviews here I have actually seen the film and while it is not one most members of the LDS community would watch (because of it's R rating and their closed...

It seems everyone that is rating this has not yet seen it...

By carbonware
All the reviewers although trying to hide their true purpose are not indicating if the movie was well acted or directed, if the photography or music or even story is good. All they seem to care...

If you hate mormons, you'll love it!

By benny2000
Movie was made pretty well, but is NOT HISTORICALLY ACCURATE!! Unfortunately, this movie seems to have been made to promote hate and intolerance of a people that they don't really know anything...

Roger Ebert gives it zero stars...

By pride_prejudice_fan
Roger Ebert gave this zero stars -- zero out of four! Here are a few of his quotes. He almost makes me want to see it just to see how awful a movie can truly be: "What a strange, confused,...

This movie lacks a great deal of truth

By Jacosta
Anyone who presupposes that this film has truth as it's aim will be greatly mistaken "if" they do some research after or before seeing the movie. FACT - there is NO evidence that Brigham Young or...

Laughable in its over-the-top depiction of Mormons

By casual_reviewer01
What a waste of a movie on a potentially compelling story. I expected more of the actors, but I guess under horrible direction, it is tough to do. Don't waste your money on this stinker. The...


By spgoofyft
Its too bad that a lot of people will assume that this movie is telling the whole truth. The MMM is not a secret and hasn't been ever since it happened. There is a nice article written by the new york...

I was hoping for a good western

By surfsup
and I was disappointed. I don't care about the politics or religious aspect of the film- I wanted to be entertained- and I wasn't. It was poorly done....

Election time propaganda.

By sceneitking
Funny how the director stated in an interview that he had never heard of Mitt Romney when he started working on the film 2.5 years ago. He must not have been watching the news, the Olympics, or...


By wcapurro
It is said that 'They disgraced humanity', and it is certainly the case. They did so almost as much as the Muslim fanatics do today. However, the only disgrace that still exists is the attempts by...

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Rated R | For violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 15+ Massacre movie casts Mormons in villainous light.
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