Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. 75
    Ten Items or Less is not landmark cinema nor is it deeply thought-provoking, but it's smart, funny, knowledgeable about life and people, and a crowd-pleaser.
  2. 50
    Strictly remainder-bin material.
  3. I don't know if it's ickier to assume that writer-director Brad Silberling (Moonlight Mile) thinks the culture-clash jokes he pushes in 10 Items or Less are charming because they're earnest, or because they're tongue-in-cheek. Either way, this sale is void.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    10 Items or Less is nearly an acting class exercise, except for the fact that these two have long since graduated.
  5. It's just a little film that strives to be likable, and is less so than it might have been.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It all feels like an insubstantial short that's been stretched to the breaking point.
  7. A good-natured but failed experiment in meeting cute -- indie-movie style.
  8. An amiable demonstration of how two charismatic actors and a relaxed writer-director (Brad Silberling) can squeeze an enjoyable movie out of practically nothing.
  9. By the end, 10 Items Or Less has the obnoxiousness of a vanity project. Freeman is having a better time than we are.
  10. 70
    This is a picture with nothing to prove, and not all that much to say, but its modesty and good humor make it hard to resist.
  11. Every potentially worthwhile or amusing moment in writer-director Brad Silberling's 10 Items or Less could be told in 10 minutes or less, with credits included.
  12. 67
    Freeman is clearly enjoying himself, but his charisma and heavyweight presence can't quite redeem this featherweight concoction.
  13. 70
    It's nice to see a bit of intimate, offhanded moviemaking that focuses on actors, as opposed to stars.
  14. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Interplay between a jaunty Freeman as an unemployed movie star and the magnetic Paz Vega as a no-nonsense grocery store checker gives pic humanity and lift.
  15. Ends up having all the satisfying substance of a supermarket impulse item.
  16. Proceeds at that pace to an ending that is as inevitable as it is poignant.
  17. So slight that it barely qualifies as a movie, 10 Items or Less squeaks by on the charm of its leads.
  18. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    Moves at an agreeable, meandering pace but never loses its verve or its sharp humor.
  19. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    10 Items or Less is not deep, but it's a charming enough diversion to spend a day with two likable people.
  20. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    10 Items or Less is a case study in cluelessness.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. May 22, 2013
    This movie is boring as hell...actors is very good, but storyline is empty shell with nothing inside...waste of time. I didn't find any point of this movie. Full Review »