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  • Summary: A look at the modern sociopolitical landscape of Iran as seen through the eyes of one woman as she drives through the streets of Tehran over a period of several days. Her journey is comprised of ten conversations with various female passengers. (Zeitgeist Films)
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
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  1. Iran's greatest filmmaker is fond of stripping personalities bare through conversations they have while riding in cars. Here he pushes his favorite dramatic device to its limit.
  2. 100
    The new Abbas Kiarostami film is called Ten, and in it something amazing happens: nothing.
  3. There's no doubt that Kiarostami is giving us a lesson in social politics, but the education lies in the mosaic pieced together from conversations and situations.
  4. The film offers a fascinating glimpse of the Iranian urban middle class, and though it eschews most of the pleasures of composition and landscape found in other Kiarostami films, it's never less than riveting.
  5. 90
    Kiarostami has been hailed as the premier humanist filmmaker at work in a larger Iranian cinematic renaissance, and all his formal signatures are on view here -- the small, intimate canvas, the loose, improvised air of the performances, the absence of an authoritarian directorial hand.
  6. A glimpse into a society that has grown more open, more free, and also more casually selfish in its interpersonal aggression.
  7. The already minimalist filmmaker has gone positively threadbare with Ten, a movie that feels as if there was no director on the set. For the most part, there wasn't.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. Aug 16, 2010
    After the first conversation, the relationship between mother and son was well established; the film would have been stronger if the son hadn't shown up as much, especially since every other character was far more fascinating. Touching and intelligible, if not, at times, trying. Collapse

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