First of all, I just want to offer a quick apology due to my absence, both on my site here and in frequenting your posts. My comments and likes will return, although I seem to be having a similar issue to a few of you, and my comments are going into your spam folder. If you see a like on your page, please double check and see if my comment has been spammed. Feel free to leave it in there if you like, but hopefully comments will go back to normal! :)
Right then, let’s get on with some regular writing again (I hope), starting with the 23rd entry in this series. This week I want to find out about your methods in scoring or rating a movie as part of your review.
Whilst out and about reading your reviews, I see percentages, letters of the alphabet, scores out of ten, scores out of 5, pigeons, pies, 3 guys and heads in vices. A wide selection of findings, and all unique to the writer. My question then is as follows:
How and why did you come up with your system, and how do you settle on your final score?
For some, the answer will be simple. 5 stars and ratings out of 10 seem the most common, but there are so many systems out there that surprise me. I always wonder how people come up with a movie review rating of 74% for example. I find using an out of 10 system simple in regards to having a round number for a film, but it makes me curious how specific some people get, with regards to %’s.
Once you’ve settled on your rating system, do you compare your scores to previous films you’ve reviewed, or take them all on their individual merits? Having never given a film the perfect 10/10, it has to be a special movie in my eyes to get a 9/10, so I try to be as selective as possible when dishing out my final scores. My score fluctuates throughout a movie, I constantly have an idea of what score a movie is currently at in my system/template and then when writing my review, I analyse various aspects and decide on a final score. Unless that movie is Stoker, as I have no idea if I loved it or just liked it. So damn confusing………
Is your method quite technical, or do you just think about it whenever you get round to writing about it?
Maybe you don’t offer a score at all, and I’d love to hear why you choose to go down that route. And if you don’t review movies on a blog, do you ever score a movie in your head, or do you just kind of like or dislike something? I hope this post makes some kind of sense. Ultimately I want to know more about you and your site, hopefully getting a clearer indication into your system and how you judge movies. Thanks for reading :)
If you would like to see all the other questions from this series, please click HERE and check them out!