Septem8er Tapes
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Commercial director Christian Johnston makes his feature film debut with the dramatic thriller September Tapes. The story takes place in Afghanistan, one year after the events of September 11. American journalist Don Larson (George Calil) and his two companions travel to Kabul in order to investigate the search for Osama bin Laden. After meeting with members of the Northern Alliance, he is arrested for taking photographs. While he's incarcerated, Don learns about a bounty hunter named Babak who may be able to help them. September Tapes premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 as… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Eventually collapses under the weight of its no-budget arrogance, but it goes some interesting places beforehand."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"The film itself still feels faked, and its calculated exploitation of some real tragedies may be the most unbelievable thing of all."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"It's jingoist machismo disguised as deep insight."
‑ David Cornelius,
"It's hard to make a case for an American film that intentionally mixes fact with fiction when the facts concerning 9/11, the Taliban and the fate of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden are already so elusive."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An underwhelming execution of an interesting concept."
‑ Brian Zoromski, IGN Movies
"Johnston's rough-hewn handheld footage generates a sense of dread as a defining force behind the camera, more concrete than any onscreen images."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"The whole notion of exploiting a war and its victims to shoot a commercial feature is reprehensible."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Finally, there are no truths, higher or lower, in September Tapes...just a lot of din."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"It shares a lot with the Hollywood product: a forced gimmick, a dislikable protagonist, a transparent plot twist and a lot of unconvincing drama."
‑ Paul Sherman, Boston Herald
"It yanks us eyes-first into a place that we, in our living rooms, have known only as a cliché."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"Afghanistan shouldn't be used as a backdrop for some director's selfish attempt at provocation."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Squanders incredible verisimilitude by undercutting it with credibility-defying storytelling."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"It's riddled with stilted voice-overs and eye-rollingly awful dialogue."
‑ , E! Online
"This disturbing docudrama is a remarkable achievement on many levels."
‑ Timothy Knight,
"Alternating between the despicable and the inept and sometimes capturing both in a single moment, September Tapes is a craven attempt to cash in on the 9/11 tragedy."
‑ Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Daily News
More reviews for Septem8er Tapes on Rotten Tomatoes