I figured I’d give a little bit of context as to how I rate the films I review on my little blog here. I’ve decided on the traditional 5 star scale but I feel like it would be a good thing for my potential readers to know what each rating actually means instead of just making assumptions. So here’s a little key.
5 out of 5 : This rating will rarely be given by me. I’m leaving the full 5 ranking for movies that are unique in how good they actually are. A film with this ranking would have to be nearly flawless. For instance, The Godfather Part II would be included in movies that I would give a 5 to.
4 out of 5: A film in this category would have to do at least one thing extremely well. It would have to be a film that really stands out amongst another group of films. These are the films that are just on the cusp of being masterpieces but aren’t quite there. Examples of what would fit in this category for me would be films like Memento and maybe something like Saving Private Ryan (and those are really really good movies).
3 out of 5: This will have the widest range of films by far in it. This category could range from a movie I enjoy immensely but feel that there’s something missing, or a film that I almost didn’t like at all but can give a recommendation for having liked at least one component of the film. As I said, movies in this will vary quite a bit, but for a point of reference, on the low side of this rating would be a movie like Michael Bay’s The Island and on the high end would be something more like Super 8.
2 out of 5: This is where the movies start getting bad. It is possible that movies in this category may have some sort of redeemable quality in them and there may be a chance that these could be bumped into the 3 category at some point with further evaluation, but it’s unlikely. A movie that would fit into this category would be something like the first installment of the Fast & Furious franchise.
1 out of 5: Quite frankly these are just really bad movies if I give them this rating. Perfect examples of films that fit into this category would be really bad superhero movies like Daredevil and The Fantastic 4.
0 out of 5: This is for the true crap and is just as rare as the 5 rating. This is Gigli territory. This is reserved for movies like The Last Airbender and Transformers 3. I don’t think I need to say anything else.