Cinema Static’s New ‘Movie Review’ Scales

by on May 2, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Cinema Static Movie Review & TV Review Scores

For the longest time I’ve been battling with how to score various movies when I write up movie reviews. I’ve struggled because in my opinion you can’t compare Paul to 127 Hours or Transformers to The King’s Speech on the same scale.   Maybe I can use the same movie review scale, but if I ever encounter a spectacular fun action, aka popcorn movie, how do you rate that?  Do you give it a 8, 9 or 10 on the same scale that The King’s Speech?  No, I don’t think so.  For the life of me, I still wonder how newspapers and websites can continue to do that.

Using the same scale for different movies is turning a blind eye to the differences between the genre of film or intended audiences.  With that in mind, I’ve been tinkering with what to do with my review scores.  And let’s not forget television shows!

So I’ve been wondering what I should do?  I use a 10 point system to avoid using 1/2 points on a 5-point scale.  What’s the point of a 5-pointer if you’re going to use 1/2 marks?

In addition to movie scales, I also split out my TV scores because of the Syfy channel and some of the knock-off movies that come out of Asylum that airs on the Syfy channel.

Dramatic Movie Review Score 10Hence, for movies, I’ve come up with two movie scales… the “Dramatic” score and the “Popcorn” score. Now, I can feel more comfortable giving a popcorn movie a score of an 8, 9 or 10! And where, you wonder, do the two scales compare to each other?

Check out my scale below… and you can see where I consider the two scales actually overlap:

Dramatic Scale Popcorn Scale
10 Excellent
9 Outstanding
8 Very Good 10 Excellent
7 Good 9 Outstanding
6 Good, Not Great 8 Very Good
5 Fair 7 Good
4 Moderate 6 Good, Not Great
3 Poor 5 Fair
2 Weak 4 Moderate
1 Crap 3 Poor
2 Weak
1 Crap


A few points:

Popcorn Movie Review Score 10You can see that if I ever encountered an excellent popcorn movie, (5/7/11:  I just did.  The Vin Diesel starring Fast Five forced my hand to reevaluate my scale and it’s not even a week old!)  it would be matched up with a ‘Very Good Dramatic’ movie.  The overlap feels right for me…  as does how I’ve set up my TV review scales.

TV Review Score 10Here’s my TV scale:

TV Scale Syfy Channel Scale
10 Excellent
9 Outstanding
8 Very Good 10 Excellent
7 Good 9 Outstanding
6 Good, Not Great 8 Very Good
5 Fair 7 Good
4 Moderate 6 Good, Not Great
3 Poor 5 Fair
2 Weak 4 Moderate
1 Crap 3 Poor
2 Weak
1 Crap

Syfy TV Review Score 10Though I’m sort of joking about the Syfy channel scores… there are some fun movies that just don’t belong in the same scale.

I’m talking from my own corner of the world, from Cinema Static‘s perspective.  I’m not the end-all of any of this.  Where I come from is that when I watch a movie, I come away knowing how it made me feel, what nagged at me, etc..  I ‘m the everyday Joe movie-goer giving you my take.  In other words, we may be speaking from the same place in the realm of movies.

There will probably be kinks to work out with this system but I’ll cross that bridge when I stumble off it.  I think, if anything, this will save my own sanity.  Thanks gang!  Have fun with this one!  –Bruce

PS:  I’m betting a few dollars you’ll start seeing some multiple scales popping up elsewhere soon.  I’m a trend setter!  LOL.

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First designed April 29th, 2011. Tinkered with May 7th, 2011, and words edited June 7th, 2011.

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