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Jeremy Illingworth

Supporting Actor
Nov 12, 2000
I've recently registered at the IMDB and have been voting on movies I've recently seen. I like discussing movies with people I know and have no problem expressing how much I liked a movie in words but I am finding it very difficult to simply express my feelings towards a movie as a single number.
Its not a problem for things I love (like Saving Private Ryan or Boogie Nights) or hate (Candy) but when a movie had both good and bad points I find it hard to find a number than expresses it. I try to justify the number by using an example of something good or bad but then I have to decided if bad production values mar an otherwise good film (Keving Smith's early work) that I thought was hilarious. What if the acting and directing suck but it was so funny I couldn't stop laughing (Mallrats); it was a comedy and the point was to make me laugh. Is that enough?
I guess I'm going to have to make a list of the criteria for being in each rating number from one to ten. For somethings that I really didn't like I find it hard to give a low score.

Morgan Jolley

Senior HTF Member
Oct 16, 2000
You could try making a scale of 1-10 for different aspects, such as Acting, Directing, Production Values, etc. and include a value for Genre Accomplishment (if a film was a comedy, was it truly funny? If so, then it gets a better number). Then, you could make each of the aspects be a certain percentage of the overall number grade of the film, such as Production Values being worth more than say Makeup. You might also want to include a Tilt score so that you can increase the grade of a film based on how you liked it or if you think it deserves a better number.
Just my thoughts.

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