I thought I’d reiterate what my rating system means. At the start of 2020 I chose to do away with numbered ratings, feeling the differences between them, with the half points some movies required, just got a bit messy. So below is a breakdown of what my ratings mean now…
Essential – a must see, a rare movie, a score I do not give lightly. A movie getting this score doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to either entertain fully, affect me or go beyond expectations.
Recommended – a movie that’s nearly a must watch but has small issues somewhere or minor aspects that lessen the movie’s overall impact. Quality movies can get this score usually because they don’t stand up to repeat viewing as those that achieve an ‘essential’.
Good – an enjoyable and usually memorable movie that can fall short in certain areas. Often these movies are average to above average, yet their flaws don’t fully ruin the overall experience.
Poor – a movie that has its moments, but is often poorly executed. Movies that get this rating often prove disappointing despite their potential or have something in them that ruin a potentially good experience.
Avoid – To get this score, a movie has to be almost difficult to finish. This can be down to bad film-making, an un-engaging story or bad acting. Overall to get this score it has to fail in most areas.