My first review is going up in a few minutes, so I thought I would take a minute to explain the four-star rating scale I’m using. It breaks down like this:
**** = excellent, if not brilliant. A must-see by any standard.
***½ = great, though it may have some flaws.
*** = good, worth watching.
**½ = fair to mildly good.
** = mediocre at best.
*½ = not very good at all.
* = painfully bad, with little to no redeeming value.
½ = so horrible, you can’t help but wonder if it’s intentional.
0 stars = so excruciatingly awful, it can barely even be considered a movie.
One thing to keep in mind is that review scores are relative. So, for example, the rating for a movie like Wedding Crashers would be relative to other, similar comedies, not to things like The Godfather or Saving Private Ryan. Since movies are so diverse in terms of their content, it only makes sense that they can be worth seeing for different reasons, and I think this rating system is the best way to reflect that.