September Dawn
September Dawn (2007)

Director Christopher Cain takes an up-close look at the devastation wrought by religious fanaticism with this romantic drama set against the backdrop of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre. As a wagon train of westward-bound settlers makes… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2008
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With its jarring editing, dull love story, and silly dialogue, September Dawn turns a horrific historical event into a banal movie.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The villainous turns by Jon Voight (as a hard-hearted Mormon bishop) and Terence Stamp (as a bloodthirsty Brigham Young) would have been more fun if they weren't part of such a clumsy campaign to lay this tragedy at the church's doorstep.

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Steven Hyden
AV Club

With its complete lack of empathy for early Mormons and simplistic rendering of historical figures, September Dawn is that rare movie that actually deserves whatever condemnation might come from religious groups.

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Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders

Predictable, obvious, often silly.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

The workmanlike craftsmanship of Cain's filmmaking almost (but never quite) smooths over the ham-fisted way he conceives the story.

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Ted Fry
Seattle Times

Religious and thematic issues aside, September Dawn is well-crafted as a revisionist Western with a message.

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Matthew Sorrento
Film Threat

Drama may benefit from attention to history, but history doesn't always make for good drama.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

A plodding and highly questionable history lesson.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

The maudlin, grotesque western September Dawn apes Schindler's List in hopes of creatinga Christian Holocaust picture.

Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Contriving a faux Romeo and Juliet romance as a point of entry for the audience shows how unimaginative the filmmakers are, and how blandly and uninvolving it plays shows how fairly clueless they are in going about their game plan.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Leigh Ryan
Very black and white views on where the truth really lies. Yes, it was a shameful act in history that people ought to know about, but who's to say FOR… More
Bruce Bruce
Not Sure why this movie was made other then to make people very mad. As It made me very mad. But am glad I now know that bit of history. Would I vote for a… More
Curtis Lilly
My wife and I were flipping through internet ready movies looking for a comedy, and boy did we hit the jackpot! I almost considered giving the film 2 stars for… More
Jeffrey Meyers
September Dawn takes a horrific true story that could easily make for compelling drama and botches it near completely. The acting is mostly bad and always… More
Edward Boxler
The film is so clear cut in portraying a black and white scenario, it literally presents the Mormons as like-Nazis, and the wagon train as a pure, innocent,… More
Deb S
The dramatization of the events surrounding the Mountain Meadows Massacre of the ill-fated wagon train pulls no punches nor waters down the horror of the events… More