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10 Items or Less (2006)



Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 59
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 22

A small film that relies too heavily on the charm of its big actors.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 13

A small film that relies too heavily on the charm of its big actors.



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An aging Hollywood icon whose fear of failure has caused his once-luminous star to smoulder strikes up an unlikely friendship with an acid-tongued checkout clerk while researching his latest role in City of Angels and Moonlight Mile director Brad Silberling's intimate drama. Crippled by his own all-consuming fears, the man who was once Hollywood's hottest icon (Morgan Freeman) is forced to consider a role in a low-budget independent after a series of more lucrative prospects wither away on the


Drama, Comedy

Apr 27, 2007



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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (22) | DVD (6)

So often the bearer of gravitas and dignity, Freeman shows up with a smirk on his face and a song in his heart

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post
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This is a sharp little slice of whimsy with Freeman giving a funny, very laid-back and sometimes touching performance.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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[Morgan] Freeman is clearly enjoying himself, but his charisma and heavyweight presence can't quite redeem this featherweight concoction.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Freeman and Paz winningly play off each other.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The bare-boned simplicity of 10 Items or Less is more a strength than a liability.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source:
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[Brad Silberling is] Frank Capra without the edge.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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Silberling has shot what feels like the first home movie to get a national release; it's too cute to criticize for anything other than its fluff.

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

While Freeman and Vega are mildly entertaining, the story is too safe and precious to elicit anything more than a passing sense of amusement.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source:

A Hollywood hotshot played by Morgan Freeman, befriends a supermarket cashier just so he can get familiar enough with acting like somebody poor, to get into character for his next movie, and the effort fails miserably.

October 21, 2007 Full Review Source: WBAI Web Radio
WBAI Web Radio

This is a dazzling piece of character study, set to a breezy, charming tone.

April 30, 2007 Full Review Source:

filled with tiny moments that are instantly amusing, then immediately forgotten when the movie's over.

April 21, 2007 Full Review Source:

It's ultra low-key as only indie films can be, but there's enough charm and warmth to fill the spaces left by the 'missing' action.

January 16, 2007 Full Review Source:

This slight piece of work, written and directed by Brad ilberling, has some amusing moments and thanks to the great chemistry between Freeman and Vega is perhaps more enjoyable than it should be.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
Murphy's Movie Reviews

...worth discovering, and it can be discovered by each person who watches it, no matter how many reviews are read, no matter how many friends see it and recommend it. It's just that kind of movie.

January 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...Rachman's film makes the case that under the right circumstances anger and outrage and defiance are an art form unto themselves.

December 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

10 Items or Less is a cinematic smoothie: refreshing, light, insubstantial.

December 7, 2006 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Will go down as tasty as a fast-food guacamole.

December 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

As slight as it is wholly disarming.

December 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

As modest and indie-ish as you can get with the delightfulMorgan Freeman flirting with the lovely Paz Vega.

December 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Compuserve

A light-hearted and feel-good independent film about two strangers who connect in a way that surprises both of them and enriches their lives: it's one of the best films of the year.

December 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

From executive producer Morgan Freeman comes a movie about how awesome it would be to have world-famous actor Morgan Freeman be your friend for a day.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

It all feels like an insubstantial short that's been stretched to the breaking point.

December 1, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for 10 Items or Less

Morgan Freeman plays a popular movie star (!) wandering around the real world and helping the little people with a thumbs up and a smile and a jig. Gliding along on the pure charm of its lead (and executive producer) one can almost forget the implied insult. Paz Vega has the unenviable position of portraying "us - in awe". Unbelievable chutzpah.
February 25, 2012

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Nice simple sweet movie. Nothing too exciting, but still nice. Extra 1/2 star for Morgan Freeman, cuz, let's face it, everything is better with Morgan Freeman in it....
October 31, 2010

Super Reviewer

this movie is the definition of a cliche' indie movie... but, you can't help but to love the actors on screen.
fun, for just a little while.
October 23, 2010
Albert Kim

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Really enjoyed this one. Little film full of quirky, interesting characters. Runs out of steam a little in the last half hour, but still very enjoyable. Anne Dudek must actively search out awful, unlikeable characters (that's not a critisism, she really pulls it off well. My husband literally cringes whenever he sees her in something). Paz Vega and Morgan Freeman are both excellent in this film which is ultimately about finding the courage to change your life.
July 6, 2009

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