My System of Rating & Reviewing Movies

Greetings! In 2010, I reviewed a total of 60+ movies to help steer you towards or protect you from. When I first began, a ten star scoring system loosely based on certain factors seemed great to use…..But once 2011 began, I found the need for a more standardized way of scoring the films as opposed to just a level of likability and using scores of previous films to help gauge others along the way. (That method served its purpose and it is now time to move on). I spent some time figuring out what is important to me when it comes to movies. There are 10 aspects of a film that I look for to define the greatness (or lack thereof) of a featured presentation, divided into Categories and Sub-Categories ^(s/c).

  1. Keeps the attention/Fun to watch
  2. ^(s/c): Lack of Predictability
  3. Understandable/Believable Plot or Events
  4. ^(s/c): Cohesion between the story and the action/comedy/romance/etc.
  5. Valid/Necessary Character Development
  6. ^(s/c): Lack of Unnecessary Characters and/or Scenes
  7. Relatability to and Believability of the characters
  8. Good acting
  9. Cinematography
  10. ^(s/c): Special Effects/Soundtrack

Some things in a movie bear more weight than others in terms of judging its worth. Hence the Categories and Sub-Categories. The main categories are worth 1 pt and the sub-categories (s/c) are worth 1/2pt. Each aspect will receive its allotted points on a pass/fail basis. This means that the highest amount of points any one movie may receive is 8! So, to help in determining movie ratings, a 5 star system will be used from here on out on the site. The 8 point system will translate into 5 stars by means of the following:

  • 0-0.5pts = 0.5 star
  • 0.5-1pt = 1 star
  • 1-1.5pts = 1.5 stars
  • 1.5-2.5pts = 2 stars
  • 2.5-3.5pts = 2.5 stars
  • 3.5-4.5pts = 3 stars
  • 4.5-5.5pts = 3.5 stars
  • 6-6.5pts = 4 stars
  • 7-7.5pts = 4.5 stars
  • 8pts = 5 stars

Movies with 0.5-4.5 pts have possibilities of falling into 1 of 2 star scores. (For example, 2.5pts could mean 2 stars or 2.5 stars.) The tiebreaker in those instances will be ME. If I decide if it was good enough and deserving to be bumped UP, or if it was just bad enough to barely make it to the lower score altogether.

From 5pts-8pts, the competition gets harder as the greater films should have higher distinctions between each other. It will be greatly difficult to achieve 8pts. The point system will be my personal scoring system….Only the Star Score will appear on the site for all to see.

  • Anything between 0.5-2.0 stars is not worth it! (Don’t do it!)
  • Anything between 2.5-3.5 stars is at least worth a rental! (You’ve rented worse!)
  • Anything between 4-5 stars is worth seeing in theaters! (Check this one out!!)

*Note, I will NOT be going back and re-scoring the films that I have already reviewed. (that’s a LOT of movies and editing!) This new scoring system will only be used going forward. I WILL still be including information for you in regards to a movie’s content though (parental advisory, etc).

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching! Looking forward to more reviews for you!

T, The Focused Filmographer


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