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Ten Reviews

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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
Cole Smithey
January 25, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
Arthur Lazere
March 30, 2003
Thoughtful insight and human concern are evident...but...there is no dramatic momentum whatever.
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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
December 29, 2002
Movies like this are important, but significance is not the same thing as quality.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 19, 2003
Lacks the spiritual foundation, the individual search for beauty in the face of the world's indifference, that is the hallmark of Kiarostami's oeuvre.
Derek Tse
Jam! Movies
May 9, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 5, 2003
A little more reach would have allowed Ten to turn it up to 11.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
Dan Callahan
May 1, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 11, 2003
Works in its own mysterious ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeremiah Kipp
September 26, 2002
Ten may be the director's first noticeable misstep, one that won't be accessible to those unfamiliar with Kiarostami's body of work and also maybe underwhelming to his fans. Still, it might be a misstep worth exploring.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 29, 2002
A marvel not only as a pioneering use of digital video but also as an affecting and multilayered parable about one woman's journey toward inner peace.
Jeremy Heilman
October 8, 2002
If Ten feels neither like a reinvention of cinema nor a truly fundamentalist attempt to get back to basics, it manages to work best as a distinctive entry in Kiarostami's diverse oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
For a wholly original look at Iranian society, this is a must-see.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 27, 2003
... a marvelous tension between the formal design and the improvisational style.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 14, 2003
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 19, 2003
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
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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David Jenkins
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 15, 2002
Rolando Caputo
Senses of Cinema
January 6, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
August 9, 2003
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Elbert Ventura
May 23, 2003
Alexander Walker
London Evening Standard
October 6, 2002
Jonathan Romney
Independent (UK)
October 26, 2002

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