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Movie Buff - 259 Film Ratings

Member Since: Mar 21, 2015

Location: PA, USA

Bio: If you're looking for someone who is very critical of movies, you're probably looking at the wrong user. I tend to view movies for what they're trying to be and how much I enjoyed it. I try not to compare a family movie with a serious drama in my rating, but try to base it off of how good it is compared to other family movies.

I do use the full 100 spectrum, but will only be using increments of 5, because I'm not sure that a 91 means much more than a 90. I will have to say it will take a particularly horrible movie to make it under 50. I'm not saying it won't happen, but it will probably be rare.

I would describe my use of ratings as follows:
0-5 - Nothing good about this movie at all, avoid at all costs.

10-25 - Good qualities significantly outnumbered by the bad. Not recommended, unless so bad it's kind of funny.

30-45 - More bad than good. May be able to appreciate certain aspects of the movie, but movie is still not very enjoyable.

50 - An equal mix of good and bad, uncertain what I think of movie.

55-70 - More good than bad. Movies I might like, but not re-watch often.

75-85 - Movies I enjoyed quite a bit and would enjoy re-watching. Would recommend, but also admit that there were some things that hindered the movie.

90-100 - My favorites. Movies I could re-watch often. Movie was enjoyable enough to ignore what negatives there were.
more Recent Ratings
95 80% Ratatouille (2007) - May 01, 2021
"I've always enjoyed Ratatouille. The story is impossible, but is able to present a message without being too heavy handed with it. There are some story beats that don't hit quite right, Linguini doesn't get the development that Remy does, the romance seems a bit out of nowhere and forced, but it still doesn't keep me from enjoying the movie. Even if the concept is really gross if you think about it too closely."
95 80% The Prestige (2006) - Apr 10, 2021
"It's a very well done movie. Great cast, great story, it's got some really well done visuals, and is always making you wonder. The twists and turns in this movie are rather fascinating, and while I figured out some before the end, I didn't figure them all. It's a rather amazing movie, and I might have liked it even more if it wasn't such a tragic, depressing, and cautionary tale. "
40 2% Planes (2013) - Mar 27, 2021
"So this is basically take Cars 1, remove all the good things about the movie except a few plot points that we'll mix up a bit. To really set it apart we'll make it about planes instead of cars. That's pretty much Planes. It's about racing with planes, but instead of the superstar learning humility, it's the crop duster learning he can win a race against actual racing planes because he's got heart, compassion, guts and can fly low to the ground or something. "
75 28% The Phantom of the Opera (2004) - Mar 20, 2021
"I like the music and spectacle of the movie, but quite frankly the story didn't really work out for me. I've never seen the screen production so I can't really compare the two, but I never really got why Christine didn't just run off with Raoul. Add into the picture a Phantom who wasn't all that disfigured, the jumps to the future during the movie that were pretty pointless, and a rather anti-climactic ending and it just made for a decent, but disappointing movie."
75 28% Trolls World Tour (2020) - Mar 15, 2021
"There are things this movie does better than the first, and there are things that it does worse. The story is more coherent, but still just doesn't fully work the best. The visuals were even better than the first. The music had more diversity, but the "trollifying" of some of the songs they used was pretty poor. I also felt that characters were just not developed super great and Poppy kind of came off as just really annoying the whole movie. So like the first it winds up an okay family movie."
100 94% Finding Nemo (2003) - Oct 18, 2020
"It is hard to believe the movie is 17 years old. Often movies with CGI show their age even if the story remains good. Everything really holds up in this movie. It's funny, emotional, beautiful, and full of memorable quotes. It's definitely one of the top tier animated family movies."
70 20% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) - Oct 10, 2020
"Not my least favorite of the series, but close. It jumps around a lot between characters, it uses a lot of the same jokes/ideas over and over again (like the idea of witch), some plot points don't work so good, and a luckless Jack Sparrow is just not that much fun to watch. I guess it felt like the heroes didn't have much of a plan or agency at all in the movie. It's still an interesting adventure, but not the best by any means."
80 38% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) - Oct 03, 2020
"I actually thought this was a better movie than At World's End and comparable to Dead Man's Chest. I felt like the previous entry sucked a lot of the fun and charm out of the series. Sure this isn't the best story in the world, but it is fun, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and is a self-contained story that you also see push forward aspects of the world. "
65 13% Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) - Sep 12, 2020
"When a movie trades plot and good story telling for spectacle, it is rarely a good thing. Sure some of the fun is still around here and there and the spectacle is truly amazing. The plot is too complicated, too much double and triple crossing, some things just aren't ever really resolved or resolved well, like Calypso just leaving and Beckett's end. Also what was up with the multiple Jack Sparrow's all through the movie? That just got a bit annoying."
65 13% Spider-Man 3 (2007) - Aug 30, 2020
"While not the worst movie (or superhero movie) ever, Spider-Man 3 is a dip in quality compared to the previous movies. This is one of those movies that tries to do too much and does very little of it well. If the plot was more focused, only had one main villain or even one and Harry's struggle between being good or evil, I think we would have had a better movie. It's not awful, but it is going to disappoint coming off the first two movies."