This week, I’m curious to hear from all of my fellow bloggers what sort of rating system they use and why. Additionally, if you don’t use a rating system, why is that?
I’ve seen bloggers use letter grades, scores out of 10,5, 4 and even 3, pithy recommendations like “See It”, “Skip it” and “Buy It”, or no rating aside from a final summarizing sentence. I personally opt for a combination of methods, applying a score out of ten followed by a short categorization based on that score (9 being “Incredible” and 1 being “Participation Point”.
Finally, do you consider yourself a generous scorer or a harsh scorer? I consider myself as leaning towards the side of generosity with most of my scores falling between 6.5 and 8.5, since I usually do try to stay optimistic when reviewing films so as to enjoy them as much as possible. On the flip side, I have never and will never rank a film as a 10/10. My favorite movies of the year are all 9/10 level, but even my favorite movies of all time would wind up at about a 9.5. This is because I do not believe there is any such thing as perfection in film; I have never seen a movie in which not a single scene, character or line feels like it could have been done better.