guidelines that help me decide how to vote
I often struggle how to accurately score a movie in a way that corresponds to my appreciation of it.
- • On what basis do you rate films ?
- • rock/paper/scissors: voting A>B and B>C but C>A ?
- • Do you change your ratings ?
- • How to deal with your own changing taste over time ?
- • How do you rate movies you have seen a long time ago ?
- • How do you rate movies you have abandoned halfway through ?
- • How granular are your ratings?
- • How do you rate ridiculously bad movies: 0 or >0 ?
Something that would help me decide what number to put on a movie and to also avoid the rock/paper/scissors problem would be unequivocal guidelines.
In other words: Defining what the numbers mean.
But by imposing requirements that are as specific as possible (as opposed to a nondescript "not that hot").
I rate on a 0-100 scale in steps of 5.
The only 2 numbers to which I managed to attribute a very specific, fixed meaning are:
- 0: unwatchable and/or "so bad that it's funny"
- 5: almost unwatchable: extremely boring and/or bad
When a movie satisfies these specific criteria, I can come up with a vote
- – immediately
- – and feel sure about it
It's much more easy for me to evaluate whether a movie meets specific verbalized criteria than to express my feelings in a numerical form ("is this film a 60 or 65?").
I often could puzzle my head about the exact number I should give a movie, but for those two to "verbalized rankings" I can decide within seconds.
So my hope was to come up with specific requirements for the rest of my ranking scale.
However I never quite managed to find unambiguous criteria (i.e. that could help distinguish 30 from 35 for example).
Some "quips" I came up with:
- 10: boring. made it through, but just narrowly. There was nothing likeable in the film.
- 15: boring. made it through, but just narrowly. There was almost nothing likeable in the film.
- 20: regret watching (would have preferred not to see). There was not a lot I liked.
- 25: passes the time. unsure whether I regret watching
- 30: passes the time. no regrets watching
- 35: somewhat enjoyable - but no loss if never seen
- 40: worth the time - would have been a bit of a loss if never seen
- 45: worth the time - would have been a loss if never seen
But I was unable to carry on up to 100.
And I also realized that even these criteria
– tend to overlap or not easily translate into numbers (e.g. the degree to which I regret watching the movie)
– and worse, they sometimes pose the same challenge as numbers (e.g. to what degree would it have been a loss if I had not seen the movie).
So my hope was that maybe you have already found or could come up with a voting system that offers unique criteria for as much shades as possible (ideally 20).