Creating my own personal rating system is something that I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I feel like unfortunately using numbers to indicate a “score” or “grade” is often misunderstood. Despite the fact that a review can give great detail about the specifics on ones opinion but that all goes out the window when it comes to giving it a score out of ten. Magically your articulated thoughts disappear and mean nothing. Especially since we live in a world where something either has to be a “10/10” or you hated it.
Not only can it be misunderstood but a specific number could mean a different thing for a different movie or for a different person. For example I give the film American Ultra (2015) a 7/10 because it exceeded my expectations and ended up being a good film that thoroughly entertained me but I still had problems with it. However I give that same numbered score of 7/10 to Iron Man 2 (2010) but for different reasons. It let me down and failed to meet my expectations or do anything new that we hadn’t already seen, it wasn’t bad but just felt like there was a lot of missed potential. Same score but different meaning. So to avoid instances like this I have come up with my own personal rating system that will be specific to me and each rating will be a simple way to sum up my total review although if I’m honest, just read my review. That should be enough.
So in the order of best to worst here is my new rating system for all future review I do, whether it’s about movies, tv, comics or any other medium:
Everything I Wanted and More- This applies to the best of the best, a perfect or near perfect film. It’s a film that gives me all that I wanted out of the movie and even more than I was hoping for. That’s what the best films do. Examples of this are: The Dark Knight (2008), Mad Max Fury Road (2015), and Arrival (2016).
Theatre (Purchase) Worthy- A film that gives you a pretty good bang for your buck. Something that you won’t regret spending your hard earned money on. It has its problems here and there but overall it’s easily worthy of your time to travel and pay to see it in a movie theatre. Examples of this are: Kingsman The Secret Service (2015), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014).
A Pleasant Surprise- Generally this is something I had little to no expectations for but actually ended up being pretty decent. It may not be worth the trip to the cinema but if it’s on Netflix give it a watch. Examples of this are: Why Him? (2016), This is Where I Leave You (2014), and The Cabin in the Woods (2012).
Just A Movie (or Just Fine)- Not awful, not great but watchable. Nothing to rave about or cry about. It’s simply fine. Honestly you could be fine whether you took it or left it. Examples of this are: Iron Man 2 (2010), Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice (2016), and Godzilla (2014).
Not Worth Anything- This is something that just isn’t worth an investment of time or money. Spending time on it will likely be something you’ll regret. It can be a let down or just something you expected to be mildly entertaining but still managed to fail. Examples of this are: Kong Skull Island (2017), Spider-man 3 (2007), and The Hangover Part II.
Toss It in the Bin- Absolutely no good. Not worthy any time, money or even thought. It fails in almost every aspect and makes you wonder is there even meaning to life? Something that makes just aggravated to be reminded of it’s existence. Examples of this are: Suicide Squad (2016), Fantastic Four (2015), and Jack and Jill (2011).
So there you have it from best to worst that is my new and personal rating system. I hope this can add clarity to what my overall thoughts are on a given film. I will be using this from here on our on this website or my social media. Although I must stress these are still fairly general and my articulated points in my reviews will give you the best and most clear idea of what I think. Anyways thank you as always for reading and until next time, take care.