At Metacritic, Ten received an average score of 74% based on 22 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Molloy Woodcraft of The Observer gave the album 4 stars out of 5, saying: "A mish-mash of odd found sounds, woozy synths and hip hop beats form a bed for a collective scattershot collage of musings on love, life and mortality". Chris Dahlen of Pitchfork Media felt that "the strongest moments on Ten involve a sustain: sustained organ tones, long throbbing noises, stretches where the words trail off." Ed Howard of Stylus Magazine said: "Having allowed hip-hop to fall pretty much entirely by the wayside, the trio has instead embraced the full strength of their abstract poetry and glitchy, junky, rock-informed musical landscapes."
In February 2004, "Dead Dogs Two" was chosen by The Observer as their Song of the Month.
In 2015, Ten was chosen by Fact as one of the 100 Best Indie Hip-Hop Records of All Time.