A bracingly un-gimmicky, heartfelt and fresh take on the theme of growing up.
| Original Score: 3/4
Even the most exhausted, hackneyed and innately annoying genre can yield a film of breezy charm and prickly dramatic consequence.
An inconsequential high-school-reunion comedy that gets better when it stops trying to make you laugh.
| Original Score: 2/4
Linden manages to overcome what would seem to be a premise fraught with peril with a lot of help from a likable cast, making "10 Years" a surprisingly enjoyable movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
'10 Years' is a surprisingly solid variation on a familiar tune.
Writer/director Jamie Linden and his excellent cast beautifully evoke the sentimental magic inherent in their scenario.
| Original Score: 4/5
Needless to say, everybody comes equipped with their very own overweight baggage; old grudges are revived, new ones are invented; and big personal revelations -- most of which you can see coming a mile away -- arrive on cue.
| Original Score: C+
Even when the script seems ready to settle for cliché - with cavemen guys being civilized by the more evolved women in their life - it takes a slight detour.
Is there anything less narratively interesting than a high school reunion that focuses exclusively on the beautiful and popular crowd? Who all now seem to be leading normal, if flawed, lives?
There's a lot of been-there, done-that going on. That said, this very distant, slightly more youthful cousin to The Big Chill presents a convincing version of a 10-year high school reunion.
| Original Score: 3/5
An unpretentious, well-acted ensemble piece that doesn't aspire to be a portentous generational time capsule like "The Big Chill," "American Graffiti" or "Diner."
10 Years does nothing noteworthy, but it does it well, thanks to its ensemble cast.
| Original Score: B-
A strong cast convincingly captures the many ways in which adulthood proves far more complicated than what's imagined at 18.
An amiable, seriocomic high-school-reunion movie, 10 Years succeeds in pulling off a fine varsity talent show.
There's a relaxed, unforced, melancholy sweetness and swing to this modest iteration of the Big Chill/Return of the Secaucus 7 formula, a pleasing directorial debut for screenwriter Jamie Linden.
| Original Score: B+
Less fun than a funeral.
Jamie Linden's minor-key serio-comedy pulls us in eventually, delivering its share of poignant insights and melancholy reflections, even if it does all feel a tad familiar.