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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 10, 2003
A major minimalist departure for Kiarostami.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 9, 2003
A very interesting film, despite structural limitations that keep it from approaching greatness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
May 9, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 9, 2003
Ten may strain your patience but that's the high-stakes gamble of this provocative project.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
April 25, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John Powers
L.A. Weekly
April 24, 2003
One of the year's finest movies.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 18, 2003
It shows us, in an extraordinarily simple way, the hopes and frustrations of one woman's life.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 18, 2003
Very soon it's clear that even from a camera trained on the front seat of a car, an amazingly full and complex portrait of Iranian life can emerge.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 11, 2003
Stark, experimental and surprisingly affecting.
| Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 11, 2003
No ordinary moviegoer, whether Iranian or American, can be expected to relate to [Kiarostami's] films. They exist for film festivals, film critics and film classes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 11, 2003
Ten has been praised as a further distillation of Kiarostami's already minimalist cinema. That's true enough, even if his movies still have a tendency to make us carsick.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2003
A film made by a master, with a simplicity that is really revolutionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Emily Russin
Seattle Times
March 28, 2003
Kiarostami is nothing if not patient, almost to a fault here. He allows life to happen as the film rolls, and one can't help but wonder if, to cover a lot of emotional ground, you must also cover a lot of asphalt.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
March 13, 2003
Makes maximum use of a minimalist structure to deliver some cogent observations about the status of women in contemporary Iran.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 8, 2003
Ten might not be the easiest film for Hollywood-conditioned viewers to get into or to enjoy, but it never seems like an arid experiment.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 6, 2003
A glimpse into a society that has grown more open, more free, and also more casually selfish in its interpersonal aggression.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 6, 2003
Breezy, entertaining and enlightening.
| Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 4, 2003
Conceptually rigorous, splendidly economical, and radically Bazinian.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 24, 2002
By the end you feel that the lives of the characters, and the complicated society they inhabit, have been illuminated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2002
These 10 sequences are moments frozen in time, which reveal a surprising amount about the emotional lives of the movie's characters.