Movie Review Criteria & Rating System

The qualities of old movies will of course be limited by the technology (etc) available at that time.  HOWEVER, in the fun spirit of things, we will of course evaluate  all movies according to our current expectations (yes, even the classics).  THE REASON?  It’s simpler.  Besides, if a well-loved classic story wins an Awful award, someone might be inspired to re-make it with modern effects and a big budget!!

Scores out of 5 should be awarded for each of the following criteria, as relevant*.

  • STORY
  • DIRECTION (combined with cinematography, because I’m a pleb)
  • ACTING
  • COSTUMES & MAKEUP
  • SET
  • LIGHTING & SOUND (effects; not music)
  • SPECIAL EFFECTS (including human stunts, explosions, digital elements…)
  • MUSIC
  • ENGAGEMENT (how engrossed did you get?)

* Sometimes, one or some of these criteria won’t be relevant.  In that case, just miss them out.  For example, some movies might not need to use obvious special effects, so there won’t be anything to score.  This is different to when special effects should have been used, but weren’t, in which case you would score the Effects criterion.

SCORING

  1. Add up all the scores.
    (For an example, pretend the total is 37.)
  2. Add the number of criteria you scored against.
    Multiply this number by 5 to get the total possible for the criteria in your set.
    EG:  9 criteria x 5 maximum points each = 45.
  3. Divide the score in step 1 by the maximum in step 2.
    EG: 37 / 45 = 0.82
  4. Then multiply your answer by 100 to get a % rating.
    0.82 x 100 = 85%

HOW RATINGS WILL BE USED TO CATEGORISE REVIEWS IN EACH YEAR’S RANKING LIST
0 – 19%       Classic Awful
20 – 39%     Plain Awful
40 – 59%     Standard
60 – 79%     Good
80 – 100%  Actually Awesome

from Dean Burnett's Scientists celebrate prize worth absolutely nothing at http://www.theguardian.com/science/brain-flapping/2013/feb/25/new-science-prize-worth-nothing
from Dean Burnett’s Scientists celebrate prize worth absolutely nothing

Reviews for each year will be ranked from lowest to highest.  The highest scored movie will win the AWsome Award, and the lowest scored movie will win the AWful Award.  Ties will all be acknowledged because they’ll give us more to talk about.

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