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The Ten

The Ten (2007)

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37

Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 81
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 51

Although a few of the sketches that make up The Ten are humorous, the uneven and random tone of the film cause it to fall apart.

34

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 19

Although a few of the sketches that make up The Ten are humorous, the uneven and random tone of the film cause it to fall apart.

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 77,858

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Movie Info

Much of the group responsible for MTV's The State -- including director/actor David Wain and performers Ken Marino, Kerri Kenney-Silver, and Joe Lo Truglio -- reunite for this outrageous, irreverent, and raunchy sketch comedy, which skewers the Ten Commandments. In the framing sequences, comedian Paul Rudd (who collaborated with much of the cast on Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter) stands on a black stage with giant Biblical tablets projected behind him and promises to deliver ten

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Ken Marino, David Wain

Jan 15, 2008

$0.5M

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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (51) | DVD (9)

...brings to mind the fondly remembered Kentucky Fried Movie/Amazon Women on the Moon anthos from the '70s and '80s.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Those worried about incurring God's wrath by seeing The Ten, don't concern yourselves -- by watching the film, you've suffered enough.

August 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
Arizona Republic
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Thou shalt be funny. Thou, in this case, isn't.

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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By flaunting its own stupidity, The Ten practically dares you not to laugh at it, like a stand-up comic who sells an unfunny joke through the ferocity of his delivery.

August 17, 2007
Miami Herald
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Perhaps the Bible needs an 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Bore. That might stem misfires such as The Ten.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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If there were Ten Commandments for filmmaking, one would certainly be: Thou shalt not pass off sketch comedy as a feature film, especially when charging $9 a ticket.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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The beyond-goofy collection of Commandment-inspired vignettes has funny moments, but it's a wildly uneven anthology, with three or four clunkers for every genuine chuckle.

July 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Rudd, whose wry deadpan proved indispensable in Judd Apatow comedies like 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' and 'Knocked Up,' is used here mostly as a straight man, the host in charge of introducing stories that drift along without any real destination.

April 22, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

A blasphemous parody so painful to sit through it seems designed by the Almighty as punishment for heathens and sinners.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
NewsBlaze

Most of the segments are as clueless about their designated commandment as they are about what's supposed to be funny.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly
Las Vegas Weekly

Some bits... are shockingly funny. Others, like the surgeon who causes a woman's death "as a goof," are just shocking without the funny.

September 14, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

Three of the comic segments in The Ten are sort of funny. Three others are just so-so. And the remaining four are just dumb, painfully unfunny and/or downright crude.

September 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The Ten is, while not "bad," nor "unfunny," surely not as good as it had ought to be.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

One guesses the talent that signed up for this negligible movie did so out of good will for Wain and Marino. Or maybe they all did it ... as a goof.

September 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

we leave the theater feeling like we've just been at a church service that went on a little too long.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

If you're looking for ha-ha funny, then The Ten is probably not for you -- you'll be more likely scratching your head in befuddled wonderment.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Any of the film's concepts would be pretty funny in a tossed-off 'Saturday Night Live' skit, but presenting these absurdist ideas in the context of an impeccably produced albeit low-budget motion picture somehow sucks the comic air from the room.

August 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Yeah we liked this movie (with our self-proclaimed warped senses of humor), but we KNOW it's not for everyone, so thou shalt not blame us if you don't enjoy it as much as we did.

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

Wain is a big fan of offbeat, exaggerated humor that either hits so big you think he's a genius or misses so badly you wonder whether he's sane.

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

As ridiculous as it is uproariously funny.

August 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

There is a fun film in there somewhere, especially for those who know what they're getting into and are willing to just go with it. If you're not bothered by naked men frolicking and jokes about prison rape, then this is the film for you.

August 22, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

...The Ten wields its bad taste like a blunt instrument, bludgeoning you with buffoonery that's hard to resist.

August 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

Not exactly the stone-etched last word on biblical moviemaking, The Ten at least has a rare flair for the non sequitur, and a sassy, spasmodic charm.

August 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Audience Reviews for The Ten

I get what David Wain was trying to do. And he was trying so hard. Most of the segments very loosely tied into the theme they were given, and each segment did at one point or another connect to some others already shown, but none of what happens really makes sense. I know, I know "it's what we make of it" is the real message of The Ten. And what I made of it was that I was it's not entertained and it could not make me laugh once. I cannot find anything David Wain does funny. The jokes aren't bad, they're just not done right. Like any comedy you'll either find it funny or not. I didn't so I was bored the whole time.
December 18, 2012
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Johnny D.

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A series of ten short comedies each centered around one of the ten commandments (i.e., it's the DECALOGUE re-imagined by an alumnus of the sketch comedy series "Mad TV" and "The State.") Par for the anthology course, some are funny (the twins looking for their real father) and some are duds.
August 18, 2012
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Greg S

Super Reviewer

A certain critic described this movie as "The Best Comedy since Borat". I hardly agree. In fact, I would more likely argue The Ten to be one of the worst comedies I've ever seen, along with Epic Movie and Evan Almighty. Believe it or not, but I even think Evan Almighty was a little less bad, as it at least had respectable actors and a cool CGI flood in the end. Too bad it didn't sweep away this piece of trash in the process. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there was just something about the writing that felt very lame, childish and dumb. Maybe some people find it hilarious (after a lobotomy or two), but I certainly didn't. Sure, it was original in the sense that it comprised of ten small stories (based on the ten commandments), but the jokes weren't funny at all, so the only thing that kept it somewhat alive for me was the actual storytelling, which gave it a little merit entertainment-wise. But that's about the only positive thing I can say about this so-called comedy. I can't believe I sat through the whole thing. Avoid if you know what's best for you!
March 9, 2012
CloudStrife84
Mike S

Super Reviewer

The Ten is a really crazy movie. It feels more like an Adult Swim live action show then a movie and should of just been fifteen minutes long. This movie has this random, hit or miss style of humor which truly buries itself in the ground. It consists of sketches based off the ten commandments and tries to be satirical, but ends up devoid of meaning. Overall, its just a stupid movie. I think Paul Rudd is awesome, but he just couldn't save this mess of a film.
March 3, 2012
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Chris Miele

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