Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Sep 5, 2012
    83
    There's a relaxed, unforced, melancholy sweetness and swing to this modest iteration of the "Big Chill/Return of the Secaucus 7" formula, a pleasing directorial debut for screenwriter Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall).
  2. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Sep 14, 2012
    80
    In Linden's assured hands, each character gets just enough time to contribute to the greater whole. They're all recognizable, not as clichés or stereotypes but as realistic individuals.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 21, 2012
    75
    10 Years doesn't completely avoid the road-not-taken theme. It does, however, neatly navigate around many of the potholes, finding a novel and nuanced approach to addressing the ways that our mistakes make us better, wiser and more human.
  4. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Sep 20, 2012
    75
    When the screenplay sticks to the tricky business of living - trying, then screwing up, then stumbling forward anyway - it hits its mark with confidence, and the big ensemble cast responds with tight little performances of affecting vulnerability.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Sep 20, 2012
    70
    A surprisingly enjoyable movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Sep 11, 2012
    70
    10 Years is an uncommonly magnanimous project, kind not only to its stumbling characters but also to audiences tired of films pruned of unruly emotions.
  7. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 12, 2012
    67
    10 Years does nothing noteworthy, but it does it well, thanks to its ensemble cast.
  8. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Sep 14, 2012
    60
    So it's too bad 10 Years isn't, you know, funny.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Sep 13, 2012
    60
    An unpretentious, well-acted ensemble piece that doesn't aspire to be a portentous generational time capsule like "The Big Chill," "American Graffiti" or "Diner." But it has enough markers - a grown-up, married white rapper who break dances; a karaoke bar - to suggest an approximate date.
  10. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Sep 13, 2012
    60
    The largely engaging class-reunion dramedy 10 Years allows audiences to pretend they went to high school with the likes of Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie and Kate Mara.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 11, 2012
    60
    While that mood is ultimately a bit too monotonous to be completely persuasive, a strong cast convincingly captures the many ways in which adulthood proves far more complicated than what's imagined at 18.
  12. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Sep 5, 2012
    60
    Jamie Linden's minor-key serio-comedy pulls us in eventually, delivering its share of poignant insights and melancholy reflections, even if it does all feel a tad familiar.
  13. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Sep 14, 2012
    58
    Needless to say, everybody comes equipped with their very own overweight baggage; old grudges are revived, new ones are invented; and big personal revelations – most of which you can see coming a mile away – arrive on cue.
  14. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 20, 2012
    50
    An inconsequential high-school-reunion comedy that gets better when it stops trying to make you laugh.
  15. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 15, 2012
    50
    It's just a movie about a bunch of guys and gals returning home for their reunion, with the only twist being that it's loaded up with stars and recognizable faces. Unfortunately, that serves to highlight the film's greatest failing, which is that all these big names and faces are given practically nothing to do.
  16. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Sep 13, 2012
    50
    Overall, though, the stakes are pretty low for this likable, tipsy crowd. Maybe I'm just too steeped in the underdog lore of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Awkward," but is there anything less narratively interesting than a high school reunion that focuses exclusively on the beautiful and popular crowd?
  17. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Sep 10, 2012
    50
    If nothing else, 10 Years is hip to the fleeting, fundamental joys of revisiting one's youth.
  18. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Sep 5, 2012
    50
    Oddly, 10 years barely qualifies as a comedy; in fact, the one interesting thing about it is the dire melancholy at its core.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Feb 3, 2013
    7
    The script is well-balanced, with more than enough levity to counteract the less-glamorous topics covered throughout the movie firmly keeping it in the comedic category, despite the drama. The well-known cast’s delivery accurately showcased the awkward moments that are inevitable in reunions as well as the eventual melding and settling of a group of former close friends. Chris Pratt as Cully, the high school bully turned family-oriented father of two, along with Aaron Yoo as Peter Jung, one the former bullied, stole the show with their back-and-forth antics. However, 10 Years also captured the poor pacing of the more unfortunate reunions. Granted, the film was great portraying how reunions generally flow, but anyone who’s been to a reunion knows that they can be dull and never-ending if the ice isn’t broken or the timeline of events doesn’t flow well. 10 Years was a yo-yo of timing, several times pulling viewers in only to lose its momentum.

    With the exception of a small portion, the characters aren’t introduced well enough before going into the core story and it contributes to the uncomfortable pacing. Since we don’t know these characters individually before the film, it was more difficult to really care about them until the last half of the movie when all the storylines started getting tied up. That said, 10 Years does manage to capture the feel of adults trying to assimilate their current maturity with their former divisions and “cliques” common among high-schoolers.

    I love the idea of this movie, as there is much opportunity for stories about shameless past deeds, long-time loves, and other topics that make up a large part of the film industry, to be incorporated with the under-explored category of reunions. In fact, many of those same topics are covered in 10 Years, which made it overall a film that I enjoyed, will likely watch again, though probably also one that I will find myself fast-forwarding through some of the lagging segments.
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  2. Oct 27, 2014
    7
    It was quite entertaining and easy to watch if you don't expect anything special. Some characters have good interaction - like the musician and the girl. Others not so much. There are funny scenes which is not that common these days. If the RomCom is a genre you like, the chances are you'll be happy with this movie. Full Review »
  3. Aug 26, 2013
    5
    Probably not. It's difficult to see what attracted such an ensemble cast to this mediocre, underwhelming school reunion yarn.

    Most people's
    own school reunion's are uninteresting enough and the array of characters in 10 Years do not strike enough of a chord with the audience to make their story engaging. The characters are introduced almost en-mass and it's really difficult to invest in anyone in particular, especially considering the typical run of the mill issues and relationships involved, old flames, bullies, the popular girl etc., that all took place ten years ago.

    The script does achieve some small levels of poignancy, the highlight being Oscar Isaac's song written for his secret high school crush, and their are a few funny running gags throughout but ultimately the reunion finishes, the story is told and my detachment from it left me wondering what was the point in watching.
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