I know I didn’t post a review this past week, and even though that might have been a bummer for everyone, I thought it might be better to write a post explaining how (and why) I rate the way I do.
After five films reviewed, I figured posting a scale would help readers understand my review at a glance:
10 – So good I’ll be paying to see it in theater twice.
9 – Definitely something you should watch in theater.
8 – Highly recommend it, but if you miss it in theater not a big deal.
7 – I recommend it, but wait to catch this on home video.
6 – If it’s on TV or Netflix, it’s not a total waste of time.
5 – If you never see it, you won’t be missing out.
4 – Not worth your time.
3 – Not worth my time.
2 – Why was this movie made?
1 – I’ll be suing for my money back.
And for those of you who followed me hoping to read more book reviews and wondering what my scale is for those…
I don’t have one.
I spent a full day trying to think of a good way to structure a rating system for books and came to the conclusion it’s better not to have one. When I watch film, I either like it or I don’t. There are very few instances where I dislike a film but appreciate the art behind it (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one).
With literature, I can easily think of a dozen books that I did not enjoy reading but still appreciated the author’s style or tone or character development. I don’t have the same level of objectiveness for novels as I do for film. It takes me two hours to consume a movie. It takes me two weeks to properly absorb a book for critique. I become invested in what I’m reading. The best I can do is write out my thoughts and let others decide if the book will be worth their time.
So whether you’re looking for film or book reviews, I hope this post helps you to understand my process a bit. Thank you to all of my readers and followers. Your feedback and comments are always welcome and they certainly make my work feel meaningful.
Have a good week everyone!