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10 Years Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

Class of '02, your Big Chill is calling... Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    61

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    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.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    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).

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 15+

Pals reconnect in reunion-set dramedy; some iffy stuff.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 10 Years is a high school reunion-set dramedy that's full of nostalgia for the way it was and what might have been. Teens may find it interesting to see adult characters looking back on their teen exploits, though the movie doesn't really make high school -- at least the high school the characters (including teen faves Channing Tatum and Justin Long) went to -- sound all that fun. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), plenty of drinking (sometimes to excess), references to getting high, and some conversations about bullying (though it's played for laughs). There's also a fair bit of sex talk, though not much action beyond kissing/making out.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of movies about reunions. What makes them rich for material? Does 10 Years add anything new to the conversation?
  • Parents, talk to your kids about drinking (and drug use) in high school. It's a common plotline in high school-themed movies -- does it really happen that often? What are the real-life consequences?
  • Who do you think 10 Years is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Good friendships and relationships can weather any crisis, as long as everyone is honest and supportive of one another and respectful of one another's personal journeys.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: For the most part, the characters are well-intentioned (if flawed), though one married man flirts with a woman who's not his wife and is called on it by a friend.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: One character discusses past bullying and apologizes to some of his victims. But while he's busy making things right, he insults them again.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Lots of talk, but little action beyond a few kissing and make-out sessions.

  • language false3

    Language: A couple uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "damn," "a--hole," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References to smoking weed, plus many scenes in which characters drink to excess before, during, and after a high school reunion; some of them wind up plastered drunk.

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