Tuesday, September 9, 2003

Ratings Guide

MOVIE RATINGS (out of 5 stars)

Not my proudest writing here, but in an attempt to "define" my ratings a little, I've summarized thoughts common to (some of) my oft-given scores.

5.0 = This movie blew me away. I was entertained to the point I couldn't bother to pick out flaws (if any).

4.75 = As entertaining as a 5-star in all likelihood, but I couldn't pull the trigger for some reason. Usually it's something that makes me go "what?" or "why?" for a brief second.

4.5 to 4.0 =
A higher-quality version of the 3.75.

3.75 = A movie I actively enjoyed; 3.75 is the point at which I would make an effort to watch the movie on cable or buy it on DVD.

3.5 = I didn't regret using my time (and/or money) to watch this movie.

3.25 and 3.0 = I didn't really regret using my time here either, but I was unsettled from a quality standpoint - to what degree is reflected in the score.

2.75 =
There's redeeming quality in this movie, but proceed with a good deal of caution.

2.5 =
No real positive OR negative feelings. A movie that, in the end, was "just there."

2.25 = The point at which the movie is more negative than positive. At 2.25 specifically, it was close to being tolerable, but ultimately left me disappointed or angry.

2.0 to 0.25 = This scoring area is comparatively unexplored. In short, the lower the score in this range, the more I think you should avoid it.

0.0 =
To date, I've used this score to take my frustration out on movies that felt like a complete waste of my time. At some point, everything that was bugging me about it piled up, causing a proverbial bomb to go off, and no points to be scored.


This scale was lifted with love from boardgamegeek.com, with the scores halved to fit my ratings system. If I can't decide between two statements, or I feel both ways about it, the game is rated at the score in-between.

I've since adapted this scale for television series. Just substitute the words to make each sentence appropriate for discussing TV shows. It's worked well so far.

5.0 - Outstanding. Always want to play and expect this will never change.

4.5 - Excellent game. Always want to play it.

4.0 - Very good game. I like to play. I'll probably suggest it and probably won't turn down a game.

3.5 - Good game, usually willing to play.

3.0 - Okay game, some fun or challenge at least, will play sporadically if in the right mood.

2.5 - Average game, slightly boring, take it or leave it.

2.0 - Not so good. It doesn't get me but could be talked into it on occasion.

1.5 - Likely won't play this again although could be convinced. Bad.

1.0 - Extremely annoying game, won't play this ever again.

0.5 - Defies description of a game. You won't catch me dead playing this. Clearly broken.

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