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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 older woman on her way to a worship service; another friend soon to be married; and a… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A major minimalist departure for Kiarostami."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Ten may strain your patience but that's the high-stakes gamble of this provocative project."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Often provokes humor and refreshing insights."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A point made to distraction."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A little more reach would have allowed Ten to turn it up to 11."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A very interesting film, despite structural limitations that keep it from approaching greatness."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times
"... [S]ticking with it provides further insight into Kiarostami's psychology and society ..."
‑ Greg Muskewitz, eFilmCritic.com
"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"
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"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."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"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."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the year's finest movies."
‑ John Powers, L.A. Weekly
"A fine film."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"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."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Works in its own mysterious ways."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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