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Ten (2003)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 7

Ten turns a conversational car ride into a gritty and compelling character study full of real emotion while providing an intriguing look into the lives of women in contemporary Iranian culture.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 2

Ten turns a conversational car ride into a gritty and compelling character study full of real emotion while providing an intriguing look into the lives of women in contemporary Iranian culture.



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Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami uses the casual setting of one woman's automobile as the setting for a subtle but potent look at gender issues in the Middle East. Mania Akbari plays a nameless woman who, over the course of several days, gives a number of friends, family members, and acquaintances a ride in her car across town, among them her young son who is still upset over his parent's recent divorce; her sister; a close friend who has just been abandoned by her boyfriend; an

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A major minimalist departure for Kiarostami.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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A very interesting film, despite structural limitations that keep it from approaching greatness.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A rare chance for viewers to eavesdrop on everyday talk in Tehran that, although fictionalized, must approximate what really happens in Iran's busy capital.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Ten may strain your patience but that's the high-stakes gamble of this provocative project.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A conceptual tour de force and a brainiac's road movie, Abbas Kiarostami's Ten goes from chilly abstraction to hot emotion in less than 60 seconds.

April 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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One of the year's finest movies.

April 24, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Often provokes humor and refreshing insights.

April 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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... [S]ticking with it provides further insight into Kiarostami's psychology and society ...

December 31, 2003 Full Review Source:

A fine film.

August 8, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

A point made to distraction.

June 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Abbas Kiarostami has created, for all of its filmic simplicity - static camera, minimalist settings and obviously from the hip filmmaking (you can watch as the curious drive by the lady's car and rubberneck) - has created a nicely complex character study

June 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Who would have thought a movie centered on a driver and her passengers that never leaves the car could be so compellingly watchable? Ten is not only a fascinating character study, but a portrait of an entire way of life.

June 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

A little more reach would have allowed Ten to turn it up to 11.

June 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Whatever the film lacks in physical lyricism, it makes up for with a claustrophobic flair that leads you to conclude that Ten can be the loneliest number.

May 16, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Works in its own mysterious ways.

May 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

For little more than the price of a tank of gas and a video camera, Kiarostami lets his viewers drive a mile in another's shoes. It's not often that a road trip is so educational.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

When you stagger out of the theatre after watching the new Iranian movie Ten, you may find yourself wondering just what, exactly, was the point.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Ten

Totalmente realista! uma visão do mundo reprimido das mulheres iranianas. Um grande debate sobre a sociedade, que ocorre todo dentro de um carro. Prende o espectador atà (C) o fim e o faz refletir sobre as questões contemporânias. Feito de forma bem simples, o filme à (C) inspirador e maravilhoso.
May 7, 2011
Lucas Martins

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Hmmm... a bit too arty for me! Filmed like a home video and entirely shot in one Iranian women's car, this film explores both Iranian and womens' life through her various passengers.
May 29, 2007

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[font=Century Gothic]"Ten" is a collection of digitally shot vignettes centered around an unknown driver in Iran. She is in her 30's, been divorced and remarried and has one of the most annoying children on record as one of her passengers. In each of the vignettes, there is a passenger that the driver carries on a conversation with. The movie takes place over a series of days, each of which might be a Friday.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]Nearly all of the Iranian films I have seen over the past few years I have liked. The lone exception to this is "A Taste of Cherry", also directed by Abbas Kiarostami. I now understand what I don't like about that movie - it is about a man who drives around looking for someone to help him to commit suicide. This is the most important decision this person will ever make but it is handled so matter of factly and without emotion, it's not very credible. A few years later, Kiarostami has not moved on - "Ten" is also about a random person driving around except it almost seems like a lost episode of "Taxicab Confessions". The only segment that has any resonance is one involving a prostitute. There is very little depth here. This might have worked had it been set in Los Angeles, perhaps as a comment on automobile culture. And it definitely would have helped if the whole movie had taken place during a single day.[/font]
June 30, 2005
Walter M.

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Documentary about a woman taxi driver's life in Tehran, told solely by filming conversations between her and her passengers over a 48-hour period. Taxi-drivers do love to talk so.
April 15, 2010
Lesley N

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    1. Driver: The less ties you have the better you live.
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