I know sometimes I’m torn between giving a film 3 or 4 stars when I really want to give it a 3.5 star rating and I’m not able to. Does anyone ever feel the same way? Instead of having a 1,2,3,4,5 star rating system, I wish it were a No star,1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5 star rating system. Maybe it’s just me who feels that way.
I would prefer a 1-10 system. Does anyone have other ideas?
I’m not personally a big fan of a 1-10 system, but I know there are others who do prefer that.
Personally, I think ratings are a bad idea in general. A verbal explanation of your feelings illuminates, treating it as a math problem does not.
Ah, I think ratings are fun, but obviously a more detailed review is preferred. For films I like very much I usually do both, but I find the five stars to be nearly meaningless.
I think they should just have ‘Awful’ ‘Really bad’ ‘bad’ ‘Okay’ ‘Good’ ‘Really Good’ and then ‘Great’
So I guess seven stars
and ‘Masterpiece’ perhaps
….and then supreme masterpiece
Ratings don’t reveal much. Five star rating is just fine the way I see it. If you want to really flush out your opinion of a film then it’s probably better to write a review of it then it is to give it a 3.5 instead of 3 or 4.
No matter what scale you choose to rate films on they’re all going to follow that same basic idea.
I prefer 1-10 scale. The rating scale is just a short-hand way to tell people the degree to which you like/disliked a film, and I think it has value as such. But it doesn’t replace a review. They should complement each other.
What I would really love to see is a way to find the people who have the most similar ratings as you do, but that’s a whole ’nother story.
ya i wish that to Jazzaloha
Ugh, I don’t even want to talk about the 10 star system. It’s kind of overkill, and the one they have in place at imdb gets on my nerves. I think 5 stars is perfect, but with the ability to do 1/2 stars.
David maybe the criterion guys are working on it. One can hope.
Isn’t allowing for 1/2 stars pretty similar to a ten point scale?
Personally, 4.5/5 and 9/10 are the same thing…
Ratings are overrated.
I give the Auteurs rating system a 2.8.
It’s definitely somewhere between 2.7 and 2.8. I can’t quite justify a 2.8 and 2.7 is a little low so I will start with a 2.75 And because they take this very seriously and have the customers’ best interests at heart I will tack on another .02 and give it 2.77
@Laika “Ugh” is right, a 10 star system is just so many levels of wrong and no SERIOUS cinephile would even consider such a travesty.
@Marc Think carefully about what you are implying here, Marc. This is not a frivolous issue.
This is what we need, I’ve got the perfect scale worked out.
8 point scale:
I’m a 5 star scale kind of guy-and I do the half-star thing, so I suppose its really a ten point scale.
That being said, on my 5 star(.5 increments) scale, I find it very hard to distinguish between a 1 star movie and a 2 star movie, and I never give out a zero or 0.5. I can see the difference between a 2 and a 2.5, a 3 and 3.5, etc. so I guess if you let that play itself out all the way up to 5, I have 7 scores that I give out. I don’t think I have ever given a film a 1.5, and if a film was worthy of a 1, its not worthy of reviewing, and I guess I can make that the bottom of my new 8 point scale.
So I have an 8 point scale now:
2: Color Purple(formerly a 2 star film)
3: Matrix 2(formerly a 2 1/2 star film)
4.: Sahara(formerly a 3 star film)
5: Breathless(formerly a 3 1/2 star film)
6: Young Mr. Lincoln(formerly a 4 star film)
7: Das Boot(formerly a 4 1/2 star film)
8: Ran(formerly a 5 star film)
8 point scales are the best. no half points, or stars.
Let me just say that I don’t really understand the whole rating movies thing. Giving stars to any movie seems to belittle it more than anything else. And, whenever I try to do it, I feel like I’m trying to objectively arbitrary. I mean, really, am I going to say that Grand Illusion is an 8 or an 8.5? How do I make this distinction? I guess I’m just not sure what rating really accomplishes for me in the long run.
For me, Nathan, its about recognizing what class a film belongs in. This is kind of why I have put together this 8 tier system. I think that you can see a film and recognize if it is on par with a film like The Matrix 2, or if it is on par with a film like Das Boot or Taxi Driver.
I used to try to rate things, and eventually found that I grew less and less concerned with classifying them. Not that it’s wrong to want to, but I just reached a point where I felt that some of the ratings were to arbitrary to mean anything at all. Instead, I’m happy just knowing what I like and don’t like, and I have a loose way of knowing where something sort of ranks for me.
I can’t believe some people take this classification so seriously. 5 stars, 10 stars, 8 points. Either you like a film or you don’t. Some you will like more than others. But this rating/classifying debate is essentially an exercise in bullshit. I see something like this…
“I’m a 5 star scale kind of guy-and I do the half-star thing, so I suppose its really a ten point scale.
That being said, on my 5 star(.5 increments) scale, I find it very hard to distinguish between a 1 star movie and a 2 star movie, and I never give out a zero or 0.5. I can see the difference between a 2 and a 2.5, a 3 and 3.5, etc. so I guess if you let that play itself out all the way up to 5, I have 7 scores that I give out. I don’t think I have ever given a film a 1.5, and if a film was worthy of a 1, its not worthy of reviewing, and I guess I can make that the bottom of my new 8 point scale.”
…and I think this guy can’t be serious, it’s a joke. But he is serious and I have to laugh. This whole thread is an unintentional self-parody…pretentious cinephile bullshit at its finest.
@Jason Trochesset – You realize this “class system” you have developed means nothing to anyone other than yourself, right?
I think the fewer “stars” we have or the less range there is to rate movies, it kinda sucks. I’m hesitate to give extreme ratings or mellow ratings even. So therefore, I just tend to promote the films I like to remain positive here (except I have given some films low ratings). But whatever.
I much prefer rating on a scale from 1-10.
Id like to see this scale: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F
Sekzee- so what criteria do you have for a film to get a certain grade?
David, I’ve always wanted them to put .5’s, because that would make it easier to rate films. It just seemed like the most logical thing to do.
Rossoneri U If I were to use my scale I would rate a film like Dr. Strangelove an A+.
Here would be a good criteria:
A+: worthy of Cannes
A : almost perfect
A- : outstanding
B : admirable
B- : memorable
C+: flawed but worthy
C : mediocre
C- : dissapointing
D : disastrous
D- : Transformers 2
F : ASS!
i dont really think it needs to change