I am currently in college and have started writing these as a hobby.
The scale that I’ve come up with is below, and while I may change some things here or there, the general feel will stay the same. My goal in rating this way is to keep a perfectly average film right in the middle between 1 and 10, so I begin from 5.5 and move out from there; because I don’t give out decimal values as scores, my final opinions will lean one way or the other from average. My reviews represent my opinions on the films, rather than purely their historical significance or their place among the all-time greatest.
|1 – Watch anything else||6 – Fine, but nothing special|
|2 – Miserable. Avoid.||7 – Good. Will probably enjoy|
|3 – Painful. Don’t waste your time||8 – Great. Absolutely worth watching|
|4 – Bad. Best to steer clear||9 – Something special. You need to watch this|
|5 – Meh. Mostly forgettable experience||10 -Masterpiece. Best of the best|
To give a 1/10 rating, I need to feel that there is nothing redeemable in the movie and that there is no way I can recommend it to anyone. To give a 10/10 rating, I need to be able to defend a film as timeless and as a masterpiece to people who know what they’re talking about. These standards will help give some actual meaning to the highest and lowest possible ratings.
Check out WondrousMoose on IMDb for films that I’ve rated but haven’t reviewed.