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The Ten is devious and inspired enough to juice you past any weak spots. Thou shalt be amused.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
A Decalogue for special-ed students, The Ten leans too often toward the bizarre and the bewildering.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
The Ten never breaks out of jejune noodling and into something truly provocative.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
One problem: The movie's just not funny.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
The Ten's biggest letdown are the interstitial sequences featuring Paul Rudd, [who is] usually the best thing about some of the worst movies.
Robert Wilonsky - Village Voice
The Ten is so proud of its own wit and irreverence that when you fail to be equally impressed, you are likely to wonder if your own sense of humor is, in some way, deficient. Rest assured it is not.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Perhaps the Bible needs an 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Bore. That might stem misfires such as The Ten.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Where Kieslowski's work always had a goal and a sense for how real people think, nothing about The Ten suggests that the filmmakers ever thought any further than the next meager, uncomfortable titter.
Tasha Robinson - Chicago Tribune
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
The Ten, admittedly, is not Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue. [Director] Wain's pieces are just jumping-off points for screwball improv and inspired throwaways.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The film is far from a perfect 10, with hit-and-miss writing, an over-reliance on cheap shocks and solid laughs in maybe five of the sketches. Given their brief running time, the weaker efforts are off the screen in short order.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Ten is nowhere near a 10. Let's call it a six.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Those worried about incurring God's wrath by seeing The Ten, don't concern yourselves -- by watching the film, you've suffered enough.
Scott Craven - Arizona Republic
Uneven but often hilarious. Bad-taste quotient is cranked up here, ditto the overall conceptual giddiness.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
Multi-segment movies tend to be notoriously uneven, and this definitely proves to be the case with The Ten.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Thou shalt be funny. Thou, in this case, isn't.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
...brings to mind the fondly remembered Kentucky Fried Movie/Amazon Women on the Moon anthos from the '70s and '80s.
Mark Bourne - Film.com
This is one of those films where the humor is of the hit-and-miss variety, and it misses more often than it hits. The jokes are transparent. It's not difficult to divine what's supposed to be funny.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
The product of restless comic imaginations that would rather bounce to the next idea than milk the previous one for every drop. Some viewers may be exhausted by the barrage, but few will complain of not getting their money's worth.
John DeFore - Hollywood Reporter
Anytime you compile a series of vignettes and call it a feature film, you're going to have hits and misses. It's the nature of the structure.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Despite many giddy moments, the conceit becomes gradually more exhausting, until somewhere around the seventh commandment you're ready to choose God's wrath over any more overproduced, A-list-acted throwaway TV sketches.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
The beyond-goofy collection of Commandment-inspired vignettes has funny moments, but it's a wildly uneven anthology, with three or four clunkers for every genuine chuckle.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
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Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Rudd, whose wry deadpan proved indispensable in Judd Apatow comedies like 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' and 'Knocked Up,' is used here mostly as a straight man, the host in charge of introducing stories that drift along without any real destination.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
A blasphemous parody so painful to sit through it seems designed by the Almighty as punishment for heathens and sinners.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Most of the segments are as clueless about their designated commandment as they are about what's supposed to be funny.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Some bits... are shockingly funny. Others, like the surgeon who causes a woman's death "as a goof," are just shocking without the funny.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Three of the comic segments in The Ten are sort of funny. Three others are just so-so. And the remaining four are just dumb, painfully unfunny and/or downright crude.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The Ten is, while not "bad," nor "unfunny," surely not as good as it had ought to be.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
One guesses the talent that signed up for this negligible movie did so out of good will for Wain and Marino. Or maybe they all did it ... as a goof.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
we leave the theater feeling like we've just been at a church service that went on a little too long.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
If you're looking for ha-ha funny, then The Ten is probably not for you -- you'll be more likely scratching your head in befuddled wonderment.
Steve Davis - Austin Chronicle
Any of the film's concepts would be pretty funny in a tossed-off 'Saturday Night Live' skit, but presenting these absurdist ideas in the context of an impeccably produced albeit low-budget motion picture somehow sucks the comic air from the room.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Wain is a big fan of offbeat, exaggerated humor that either hits so big you think he's a genius or misses so badly you wonder whether he's sane.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
As ridiculous as it is uproariously funny.
Jason Ferguson - Orlando Weekly
Yeah we liked this movie (with our self-proclaimed warped senses of humor), but we KNOW it's not for everyone, so thou shalt not blame us if you don't enjoy it as much as we did.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
There is a fun film in there somewhere, especially for those who know what they're getting into and are willing to just go with it. If you're not bothered by naked men frolicking and jokes about prison rape, then this is the film for you.
Cindy White - IGN Movies
Not exactly the stone-etched last word on biblical moviemaking, The Ten at least has a rare flair for the non sequitur, and a sassy, spasmodic charm.
Jonathan Kiefer - Sacramento News & Review
...The Ten wields its bad taste like a blunt instrument, bludgeoning you with buffoonery that's hard to resist.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
The Ten commits the mortal sin of comedy, it's simply not funny. It thinks that just being crude or extreme is enough to merit the label of comedy.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Where is Monty Python when you need them?
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
The Ten has a meticulous rhythm and consistency, with aspects of early commandments informing the latter.
Rumsey Taylor - Not Coming to a Theater Near You
The problem here is that I harbor the quaint idea that comedy needs to make you laugh. And, sorry, if this makes you laugh, you're either high or easy or both.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
If there were Ten Commandments for filmmaking, one would certainly be: Thou shalt not pass off sketch comedy as a feature film, especially when charging $9 a ticket.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
By flaunting its own stupidity, The Ten practically dares you not to laugh at it, like a stand-up comic who sells an unfunny joke through the ferocity of his delivery.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
This is a take it or leave it proposition, but worth a place on your NetFlix queue.
Eric Lurio - Entertainment Insiders
It never really quite works up the energy to be as wild and outrageous as it clearly wants to be.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
The humor in The Ten is hit-or-miss, with some of the comedy and performances feeling kind of forced. Still, if you're in the mood for an unconventional Sunday school lesson, go see The Ten, "as a goof"!
Neil Cohen - Echo Magazine
The actors are so good, and so funny.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
The comedy itself is hit or miss -- mostly hit for me, but humor is incredibly subjective, and this style of humor is particularly prone to the 'either you like it or you don't' effect.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
It's not an ice-water shock that The Ten turns out to be merely the fuse to a satirical firecracker that never quite explodes. What did we expect, Kryzsztof Kieslowski's The Dekalog as a comedy?
Aaron Hillis - Premiere Magazine
It is as if the filmmakers created an 11th commandment of their own: Thou Shalt Not Laugh. And we don't.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
I wish that the batting average in The Ten was a little higher, but I'm happy that Wain and Marino got up to the plate and knocked a few out of the park.
Brian Tallerico - Screentalk
The Ten may be the funniest movie of the year. It's so earnest, they follow the most ridiculous threads to the logical extreme. All of the characters are completely committed to the reality of the film.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
A lame and irritating comedy that is an endurance test to sit through.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
A resoundingly mediocre film that commits the cardinal sin of tedium.
Timothy Knight - Reel.com
It's more a frivolous spoof than a pointed satire.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
...never fully takes advantage of its biblical premise.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Not so much blasphemous as it is very silly, and it lives up to the one unbendable commandment of comedy: It's funny.
Pam Grady - San Francisco Chronicle
Everyone involved seems to have been operating from the presumption that gross and blasphemous equals hilarious. Would that it did.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Too often, The Ten is simply not funny enough, stretched thin by ideas played out too long.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
For Bible-related fun, The Ten is at least a higher power than Evan Almighty.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
It doesn't make for much of a movie.
Bill White - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Like the comic masterpieces of [Woody] Allen's '70s heyday, the first five short films represent a brilliant, laugh-out-loud combination of grad-school braininess and vaudeville goofiness, highbrow absurdity and lowbrow shtick.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
You really have to be in the mood to get into The Ten's forced goofiness.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
a foul-mouthed, dirty-as-diapers, Republican-baiting retelling of the Ten Commandments
Chris Cabin - Filmcritic.com
Apart from an occasional bright line and amusing throwaway bits of business, the humor here is juvenile and flat...The Ten is at best a five.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
In spite of its shortcomings, "The Ten" is an inspired and imaginative bellwether for where modern American comic sensibilities lay at the moment. It pushes the envelope in all of the right ways.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The success (of each sketch) varies not just according to quality but how tickled you find yourself -- from moment to moment -- by this kind of high-wire comedy.
Michelle Orange - Reeler
Lacking a steady hand, this flimsy amalgam of bad jokes is without form and void.
Eric Kohn - New York Press
A slightly patchy tapestry that tickles about as much as it annoys, full of unexpected laughs but also some torturous dead spots.
Katey Rich - Film Journal International
The Ten is, I guess, sacrilegious in the strictest sense of the term, and its interest in investigating the commandments can be skin deep, as they're often used as mere pretext for ribald nonsense.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
This anthology promises to be wild and blasphemous, but only three episodes are funny or witty (the usual problem with compilations); the all-star cast, particularly Paul Rudd and Winona Ryder, is good.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Any film that casts Oliver Platt as an Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator and takes the name of Dianne Wiest in vain gets my vote.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
Many of the films have little to do with the Commandments, and none has anything provocative or profound to say about them.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Let's talk about Paul Rudd. I think he may be in every film in 2007 and that's okay by me, because Paul Rudd has become an acting Man-God.
Mark Bell - Film Threat
90 minutes of random, really bad sketch comedy.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
I discovered a solid handful of worthwhile chuckles in the flick, most of which came from the smoothly reliable Paul Rudd and the still-adorable Winona Ryder.
Scott Weinberg - Cinematical
Dave White - Movies.com