Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. An amiable demonstration of how two charismatic actors and a relaxed writer-director (Brad Silberling) can squeeze an enjoyable movie out of practically nothing.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Reaves
    Moves at an agreeable, meandering pace but never loses its verve or its sharp humor.
  4. By the end, 10 Items Or Less has the obnoxiousness of a vanity project. Freeman is having a better time than we are.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 50
    Strictly remainder-bin material.
  9. 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.
  10. 70
    It's nice to see a bit of intimate, offhanded moviemaking that focuses on actors, as opposed to stars.
  11. Proceeds at that pace to an ending that is as inevitable as it is poignant.
  12. So slight that it barely qualifies as a movie, 10 Items or Less squeaks by on the charm of its leads.
  13. 67
    Freeman is clearly enjoying himself, but his charisma and heavyweight presence can't quite redeem this featherweight concoction.
  14. Ends up having all the satisfying substance of a supermarket impulse item.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It all feels like an insubstantial short that's been stretched to the breaking point.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    10 Items or Less is a case study in cluelessness.
  19. It's just a little film that strives to be likable, and is less so than it might have been.
  20. A good-natured but failed experiment in meeting cute -- indie-movie style.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 3 out of 9
  1. Sep 5, 2014
    I thought this was an intelligent film-made by the THINK film company no less...About a Mexican American young woman who works as a cashier in a grocery store but who wants to have a better life. Not such a strange theme when you think about it. Maybe I'm biased as someone who spent years working as a cashier because its all I could I suppose that would make me identify with the film more than most people who haven't done that type of thing. Morgan Freeman plays a guy who is an actor in the film (himself?) and it adds a nice touch to the movie. Not an action movie-kind of like the indue films from the 1980's just about life in general-its worth seeing if you appreciate intelligent filmmaking. I give it an eight for not trying to be gangsta gangsta film. There are way too many of those types of films out there these days. Not every bodies life is like that. It's good someone said so with this film. Full Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. JordanD
    Feb 18, 2008
    This movie is hugely under rated. It just proves that it does not take millions of dollars and a "safe" plot line to be something great. ill admit it started off slow but it came back with laughs and an ending that makes one at first object to it but then realize how classic is was. Full Review »