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How I Rate the Films I Watch by Sam.

June 24, 2010

I just thought I would post a blog on why and how I rate films a certain way. This is in no way to justify my ratings, but it might help people understand what my thought process is when rating a film.

Firstly, there are my thought processes during the course of the film. If something particularly sticks out to me, it will remain at the forefront of my mind until I write the review. Sometimes no thoughts come to me – this is either because I’m so swept up in the film itself that I’m not pulled out of my zone. It may also be that I make a conscientious decision before I view a film that I am there merely for entertainment, and cannot be bothered attempting to make any thought analysis whilst I’m watching the film.

Then, there is my initial reaction towards the film, that is; when the credits begin to roll, and I get out of my seat and walk out the cinema doors, what is going through my head? Was I blown away, and even perhaps speechless at the film? Or perhaps I am just content to be entertained, or sometimes I will be shocked in a negative way, struggling to find the positive points of a film.

Obviously there is the moment when I actually sit down to write the review, and funnily enough I usually don’t actually decide on a rating until I’ve completed the written review. I re-read the review, make note of the positives and the negatives, and then decide on a rating. If this doesn’t sit well with me for whatever reason, I will usually change the rating, before the review is published to the site.

Let me point out, and I want to emphasise this point, that I also consider what the mark becomes if it is out of ten. So for example 3 out of 5 sounds quite good, but 6 out of 10 sounds just average. So sometimes I may give a 3 out of 5, even if it doesn’t seem to fit what I’ve stated in the review. “Why don’t I just make the rating system out of 10” I hear you ask? Well, to put it simply – I’m lazy. There are 11 possible ratings ranging from 0, with all the half marks up to 5, and if I were to have it out of 10, there would be 21 possible ratings, making it a harder task to rate – and quite simply, 5 is neater than 10.

I would like to say one more thing, one of which I haven’t implemented as of yet, but I have been considering it for some time. I usually write my reviews quite close to the time that I watched the film. This therefore means that over time, my opinion on the film may change. This may be due to a second viewing of the film, or perhaps someone may have commented on the review providing previously undiscovered insight (for example, I may or may not understand a scene, or may have missed a scene, which could change my whole opinion of the film if someone points it out). This therefore leads me to propose an idea. How would you feel if there were amended ratings, lets say, once a month?

Let me know in the poll below.

Right, now that you have potentially helped out with that, I will conclude this blog. Let me know your thoughts of the way I rate a film in the comment box below.