A major minimalist departure for Kiarostami.
| Original Score: 4/4
A very interesting film, despite structural limitations that keep it from approaching greatness.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Ten may strain your patience but that's the high-stakes gamble of this provocative project.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
One of the year's finest movies.
It shows us, in an extraordinarily simple way, the hopes and frustrations of one woman's life.
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.
Stark, experimental and surprisingly affecting.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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
A film made by a master, with a simplicity that is really revolutionary.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Makes maximum use of a minimalist structure to deliver some cogent observations about the status of women in contemporary Iran.
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.
A glimpse into a society that has grown more open, more free, and also more casually selfish in its interpersonal aggression.
| Original Score: B+
Breezy, entertaining and enlightening.
Conceptually rigorous, splendidly economical, and radically Bazinian.
By the end you feel that the lives of the characters, and the complicated society they inhabit, have been illuminated.
These 10 sequences are moments frozen in time, which reveal a surprising amount about the emotional lives of the movie's characters.