Well folks, after some deliberation, I’ve decided to alter my movie rating system from the current 100 point system to a simplified 20 point system (5/10, 5.5/10, 6/10, etc.). I’ve been finding it much too difficult to be able to say with a confidence that any given movie is just .1, .2, etc. better than another-especially with my highest rated films when the rankings are more significant!
With a 20 point system it will be a lot easier to rank with confidence each film I watch, and not have to worry about making nitpicky judgment calls that are hard to do when I don’t have a completely fresh memory of every film I’ve seen all the time.
An unfortunate consequence, of course, is that my film rankings will become less meaningful–for example, with this change there will now be a five-way tie for my highest rated movie instead of a more nuanced list–but at least I won’t be worrying about whether I got it right or not, and there’s always my actual reviews to provide some meaningful differentiation between the films.
Anyways, I’ll be going through each of my reviews and adjusting the rating accordingly over these next few days, in case you notice something different!
What are your thoughts on rating movies? What scale do you use? What’s your process for rating one movie higher or lower than another? I’d love to hear your thoughts!