Rating System

At the bottom of every film or book review, you’ll find a rating out of 10. So how do I arrive at the assigned value, and what do the numbers translate to? Without further ado, here are the criteria:

1/Rock Bottom

So bad you can’t even learn from the mistakes of such, but it might also be so bad it’s good, and there could potentially be some humor in the ridiculous incompetence of it. Example: Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964)

2/Garbage

An utter mess. Barely makes sense. The author doesn’t know how to write at all/the production of the film was driven purely by an interest in money. No one in the production cared about this book or film, why should I waste my time? Example: The Dark Tower (2017)

3/Failure

Most experimental or postmodern fiction, and avant-guard films that serve no purpose other than to play with structure. Clichéd, lazy, pretentious. Example: A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers

4/Poor

Most published books, as well as Hollywood films, fall into this category. Mediocrity is measured in terms of quality, not quantity. Banal, unoriginal, politically motivated, badly composed. Example: Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand

5/Mediocre

Most bestselling books/commercially successful films. They don’t do much, but what they do is done well compared with similar works. But there is nothing deeper or particularly interesting beyond this. Example: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

6/Of Some Significance

If there is something of interest in a work, or if it is truly original and at least well done, but not particularly exceptional, it get’s this rating. Example: 1984 – Geroge Orwell

7/Excellent

Possessing genuine merit. Something outstanding. Puts most books/films to shame. Example: The Master (2012)

8/Near Great

To be truly great, everything has to work. It should touch something in the mind and the soul, as well as being entertaining. Something that is essentially perfect. Near greatness is something which has all of these qualities but contains a few minor flaws, or didn’t reach its full potential. Example: Ran (1985)

9/Great

Quality just doesn’t get any better than this. Example: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

10/Greatest

The best few in each form. Example: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)