September Tapes
September Tapes (2004)

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)… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 24, 2004
DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
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Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Eventually collapses under the weight of its no-budget arrogance, but it goes some interesting places beforehand.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The film itself still feels faked, and its calculated exploitation of some real tragedies may be the most unbelievable thing of all.

David Cornelius

It's jingoist machismo disguised as deep insight.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

Johnston's rough-hewn handheld footage generates a sense of dread as a defining force behind the camera, more concrete than any onscreen images.

Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

The whole notion of exploiting a war and its victims to shoot a commercial feature is reprehensible.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Finally, there are no truths, higher or lower, in September Tapes...just a lot of din.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

Afghanistan shouldn't be used as a backdrop for some director's selfish attempt at provocation.

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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

Squanders incredible verisimilitude by undercutting it with credibility-defying storytelling.

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E! Online

It's riddled with stilted voice-overs and eye-rollingly awful dialogue.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
An interesting idea, but it is delivered in that fake documentary, shakey, hand-held video camera style. Good footage of the Afghanistan/Pakistan countryside,… More