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



Total Count: 60


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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 vine. When his driver abandons him during a trip to Carson to research his upcoming role, the onetime showbiz supernova strikes up a lively conversation with Scarlet (Paz Vega), an outspoken check-out girl at a Latino community market. Now, stuck on his own, far from Brentwood, the actor must rely upon the kindness of a common stranger to help him get back on his feet.


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All Critics (60) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (22)

  • 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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • So often the bearer of gravitas and dignity, Freeman shows up with a smirk on his face and a song in his heart

    Dec 8, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • This is a sharp little slice of whimsy with Freeman giving a funny, very laid-back and sometimes touching performance.

    Dec 4, 2006
  • [Morgan] Freeman is clearly enjoying himself, but his charisma and heavyweight presence can't quite redeem this featherweight concoction.

    Dec 2, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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  • Freeman and Paz winningly play off each other.

    Dec 1, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The bare-boned simplicity of 10 Items or Less is more a strength than a liability.

    Dec 1, 2006

Audience Reviews for 10 Items or Less

  • Mar 03, 2012
    A small confined independent film of a short running time, but one not short on relevant ideas and themes. The two actors, Freeman and Paz Vega, both do excellent work, carrying the entire film. Their interactions feel authentic, with the chemistry between them giving the film a much needed charm and occasional humor. The on-the-location film style and the incorporating of actual brands also helped give the film a realistic feel. I would have liked the film to have been longer and more expansive, but for what it does, it does well. 3.5/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2012
    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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    I liked this movie when it started even though I found Paz Vega's character to be extremely annoying.As it went on it started to fall apart more & more & I got bored.In my opinion, Morgan Freeman's character started off researching a role then he seemed to be trying to sleep with Paz Vega's character even though he's married.I think if there was more time in the movie, It could've happened
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2010
    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....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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